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Vermeer Redesigns HG4000 Grinder

Vermeer has redesigned the Vermeer HG4000 horizontal grinder; this new generation delivers powerful performance in various wood waste recycling applications and landscaping material production. It’s equipped with a 536 HP (399.7-kW) CAT C13B T4F/Stage V diesel engine, a Series III duplex drum, an aggressive infeed…

Oregon Creates Research Forest

After seeking to sell the Elliott State Forest previously, Oregon’s State Land Board recently voted to convert the 80,000 acre tract into a research forest, de-coupling it from the state’s school funding system. The coast forest isn’t a large timber producer for the state’s Common School Fund, and…

Biofuels Project Sinks

The Red Rock Biofuels project in southern Oregon appears headed for foreclosure according to notices published in the Lake County Examiner newspaper in late December after the company failed to make principal and interest payments on some $300 million in debt. The notice set a February 4 payment deadline with a property auction scheduled for February 9. Originally scheduled for completion in 2017, the…

Industry Wins Black Hills Appeal of Reduced Harvest

Officials with the Black Hills Forest Resources Assn. (BHFRA) have prevailed in an appeal of a 2021 decision to drastically reduce future timber harvests on the Black Hills National Forest. In February 2021, the Forest Service (FS) Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colo., issued general technical report (GTR) 422. The report detailed timber inventory assessments and projected growth rates that…

American Truckers Cite Fuel Prices, Drivers

American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), recently released its 18th annual top industry issues report, identifying the leading industry concerns including fuel prices, driver shortage, truck parking, driver compensation, the economy and for the first time, speed limiters…

Oregon Returns $61 Million In Timber Revenues

Out of almost $100 million in overall timber sale revenues in 2022, the state of Oregon has returned $61 million to the counties that have state forest acreage. State law requires two-thirds of forest revenues be distributed to the Forest Trust Land Counties, with the remainder earmarked for state forestry operations…

FS Prevails In Forest Thinning Lawsuit

The U.S. Forest Service recently prevailed in a three-year-old lawsuit seeking to halt a forest health project in coastal California’s Los Padres National Forest that sought to thin timber stands to reduce the threat of crown fires. Forest officials say the Tecuya Ridge Shaded Fuelbreak Project is…

Stihl Expands Saw Guide Bar Manufacturing In Virginia

The City of Virginia Beach has announced that Stihl plans to invest $49 million to expand its chain saw guide bar manufacturing facility. The expansion will add 26,000 sq. ft. of space to an existing building, totaling 86,000 sq. ft. upon completion. The project is also expected to create 15 new jobs with an average annual wage of $60,000 to $100,000…

Oregon Names Top 2022 Operators

Oregon’s state Board of Forestry recently released the 2022 Forest Operator of the Year awards that honor forest professionals who consistently meet or exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act under challenging project conditions. This year’s award winners are Chuck Sarrett of Full Circle Consulting of La Grande; Mike Falleur of F and B Logging in Warrenton; and Bobby King of R and R King Logging in Florence…

Weyco, Union Reach Contract Agreement

In late October, after a 48-day strike, Weyerhaeuser reported the successful resolution of a work stoppage involving members of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union in Oregon and Washington. Weyerhaeuser has approximately…

Stihl Expands Saw Guide Bar Manufacturing In Virginia

Stihl Expands Saw Guide Bar Manufacturing In Virginia

The City of Virginia Beach has announced that Stihl plans to invest $49 million to expand its chain saw guide bar manufacturing facility. The expansion will add 26,000 sq. ft. of space to an existing building, totaling 86,000 sq. ft. upon completion. The project is also expected to create 15 new jobs with an average annual wage of $60,000 to $100,000…

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Oregon Names Top 2022 Operators

Oregon Names Top 2022 Operators

Oregon’s state Board of Forestry recently released the 2022 Forest Operator of the Year awards that honor forest professionals who consistently meet or exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act under challenging project conditions. This year’s award winners are Chuck Sarrett of Full Circle Consulting of La Grande; Mike Falleur of F and B Logging in Warrenton; and Bobby King of R and R King Logging in Florence…

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Weyco, Union Reach Contract Agreement

Weyco, Union Reach Contract Agreement

In late October, after a 48-day strike, Weyerhaeuser reported the successful resolution of a work stoppage involving members of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union in Oregon and Washington. Weyerhaeuser has approximately…

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Deere’s Dubuque Factory Celebrates 75 Years

Deere’s Dubuque Factory Celebrates 75 Years

The John Deere Dubuque Works factory opened in 1947, and now has 3,000 employees, half in production and half in engineering, supply, and customer support. General Manager Mark Dickson says post-World War II labor shortages forced Deere to build its new plant away from its tractor plants in Waterloo, Iowa. Dubuque welcomed the new plant, which…

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Inaugural Women’s Forest Congress

Inaugural Women’s Forest Congress

Nearly 500 participants, both in-person and virtually, from 38 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, and eight additional nations attended the inaugural Women’s Forest Congress (WFC) in Minneapolis, October 17-20. Attendees used their diverse and collective expertise to develop strategies and solutions and propose resolutions to address most pressing challenges for forests and women…

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Ponsse Named One Of Finland’s Most Reputable Listed Companies

Ponsse Named One Of Finland’s Most Reputable Listed Companies

According to the survey conducted by the Finnish Shareholders’ Assn., the Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion and T-Media, the most reputable listed companies in 2022 are Kone, a machining manufacturer, Ponsse and Vaisala, an instrumentation supplier. The survey evaluated the reputation of 81 listed companies in the eyes of Finnish private investors…

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Ponsse Goes Electric

Ponsse Goes Electric

With fuel costs at historic highs this year, there is perhaps no better time to tempt loggers with the prospect of a fully-electric powered forestry machine that requires diesel only to charge the battery—and may eventually not even need that. Such a machine appears to be on the horizon soon…

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New From Doosan: Doosan DD100 Dozer

New From Doosan: Doosan DD100 Dozer

This dozer model is the first to be produced through the collaboration of various departments at Hyundai Doosan Infracore (HDI), including development analysis, market research, competitive benchmarking, validation and pilot vehicle assembly…

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Upgrade From John Deere:  Knuckleboom Loaders

Upgrade From John Deere: Knuckleboom Loaders

John Deere introduces the latest updates to its knuckleboom loader lineup, including visibility enhancements. Aiming to increase operator safety and accuracy, the 2022 models of 437E and 337E knuckleboom loaders feature a newly designed front window by removing the external mesh guard and replacing it with a clear, polycarbonate window for uninterrupted view…

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