Shaw Wire Ropes Iron Test
Treading lightly, Harvesting Heavily
Choice,” exclaims Iron Tester, Shaun Field, as he manipulates the Hawkeye grapple carriage to seek a meaty Douglas-fir way out in front of the Harvestline
A bloody good choice, I remark to the Harvestline’s owner, Mike Harris, watching intently to see how the grapple latches onto the target, then rises effortlessly from the jumble of slash on the ground to haul its prize back to base, before being sent out for another tree. Cycle time: just a couple of minutes.
Gotta love a yarder that takes people away from dangerous situations on steep slopes, whilst making the task simple and quick. But we’re not on a steep slope.
Anyone stumbling into this remote block on the eastern flank of the Kaingaroa Forest without knowing the circumstances would be wondering what the hell a yarder/yoader is doing here in the first place. Surely this is prime ground-base country that a skidder or forwarder could easily cope with.
Well, yes and no. Some areas within this block – a stone’s throw from the remote community of Minginui – are well suited to ground-base harvesting and that’s already going on. But in the delicate, incised gullies that cover about half of this block such activity is a big environmental no-no.
The gullies consist of fragile soils that can easily be washed away if disturbed. They form a unique landscape that deserves protection, even if it is going to be covered with plantation forest again in the future.