Overcoming Trying Times For the Logging Industry

Talk to any logger or forester and you will quickly find out that these are trying times for those associated with the harvesting and logging industry.  Those of us specifically in the hardwood lumber industry are experiencing it firsthand. But it is not all gloom and doom. Even in challenging time like these we find there are ways to create a win-win for all parties involved and properly manage through this as the market continues to fluctuate.

hardwood logging todayFrom our experience, here are a few key points we focus on that seem to make a positive difference.

Invest more time in site preplanning. To be successful in market conditions like we are experiencing today it takes extra time before the job begins. For example, invest the extra time upfront to know the future weather forecast, the soil conditions you will be dealing with and perhaps even installing some proactive preventive measures, like water bars, sediment ponds, and gravel that will help increase productivity and reduce costs. 

Talk to other harvesters. Now is the time to increase your networking efforts!  Talk to others in the harvesting industry and share ideas and best practices. Harvesters are innovative so discuss ideas and find ways you can do things differently like that you can apply to your current operations and be more successful.

Ask a forester for help. In business things change. New technology, new practices, new successful approaches are applied to logging and harvesting all the time.  Ask a forester you trust for some new ideas. Ask them what has worked well for them in the past. Be open to new ways of doing things and their feedback. Foresters are engaging and supervising many different harvesters so they do see many different practices.

Take a fresh look at your total operation. Yes, inflation has raised costs in almost everything. But market conditions will adjust and adapt accordingly over time. But how can you adjust your operational costs in the short term to be more successful? Can you purchase fuel at a different location? Can you use a different maintenance schedule? Can you find alternate replacement parts? Now could be the time to take a real long look at your current practices and norms to see how you can adjust to be more successful.

Time has proven that the hardwood lumber industry is a close knit community. Undoubtedly we are all in this together. I am confident we will get through this like we did in the past. For me the key is regular, open honest communication!

Let’s do it together!

Tony Cimorelli
Baillie Lumber
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