Wood­lot har­vest­ing a real test of di­plo­macy skills

New Zealand Logger - - Harvest Tech 2017 -

YOU NEED THE SKILLS OF A DIPLO­MAT TO MAKE A SUC­CESS OF har­vest­ing in wood­lots, ac­cord­ing to Frank Car­ran.

The vet­eran con­trac­tor has done it all, from work­ing in na­tive trees as a young­ster, to har­vest­ing in big cor­po­rate-owned forests and in re­cent years he’s run a crew spe­cial­is­ing in wood­lots in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

Frank, who runs Long­wood Log­ging, spoke at the Har­vest TECH 2017 con­fer­ence in his (cur­rent) home town of Ro­torua about what it takes to suc­ceed in wood­lots, with di­plo­macy top­ping the list.

As well as get­ting the owner of the forestry block on side, the wood­lot har­vester also needs to talk to own­ers of neigh­bour­ing land and oth­ers who live nearby.

Keep­ing all these var­i­ous en­ti­ties happy will help to make the job go much smoother, he says.

Dis­putes can eas­ily crop up where trees are be­ing har­vested close to a bound­ary and the neigh­bour wants as­sur­ances that fences – re­gard­less of how tatty they are – should not be touched.

And those who live nearby, rather than next to the site, can also be up­set by the noise from heavy ma­chin­ery and log trucks rum­bling past their front doors.

“It pays to go round and talk to ev­ery­one first and ex­plain what you are do­ing be­fore you start,” says Frank.

Other hu­man is­sues? When the land owner turns up to the site with­out any safety gear, rid­ing a quad bike with­out a hel­met, for ex­am­ple, Frank has to po­litely ex­plain that they could get into trou­ble when the bush in­spec­tor turns up.

Wood­lots are never easy, but keep­ing peo­ple on side helps the job go smoother.


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