April 20, 2017
Kelso, Washington, USA

April 20, 2017, Kelso, Washington, USA

The 2nd international Steep Slope Logging Conference

Meet the world’s leading steep slope innovators from North America & New Zealand at a one-day logging conference,
followed by a field tour devoted to the latest in winch assist harvesting

Presented by:

Event Details

What is covered?

  • Find out what the world’s leading steep slope logging experts are doing
  • Safely fell and bunch on slopes up to 100% without hand felling
  • Learn how you can access valuable fibre productivity in difficult terrain

Who should attend?

  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Harvesting contractors
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry consultants
  • Plantation forestry researchers

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The second Steep Slope Logging Conference is coming, and we have developed another exciting conference programme for this international one day event. A wide range of key international and local technology providers, forestry companies and researchers have helped shape and support this technology programme.

There is also a Field Tour scheduled for Thursday April 20, 2017. More details coming soon.

  19 April 2017


Evening Ice breaker
Join us for a meet and greet function with the keynote speakers before the conference.

  20 April 2017

Session 1

International developments in steep slope logging

  • A paradigm shift in forest contracting: Mechanization down under
  • The Falcon Forestry story: Recent advances and future plans
  • When the logger is also the manufacturer: The Climbmax Approach to safe steep slope harvesting
  • Building and operating a dual purpose system steep slope machine

  20 April 2017

Session 2

Kiwi contractor innovations in steep slope mechanisation

    • A world first: Remote controlled mechanical tree felling on steep terrain – early trial results
    • An engineering approach to tethered harvesting: Development of the EMS tethering system
    • A contracting approach to mechanical harvesting systems on slopes: Experiences and learnings

  20 April 2017

Session 3

Gaining wider insights into emerging technical issues

    • Winch assist clam bunk harvesting/forwarding in BC – early indications of costs & performance
    • Equipment suppliers: Technical views on steep slope harvesting mechanization developments
    • Key industry-identified risk management issues for mechanised harvesting operations
    • Practical outcomes from FPInnovations’ steep slope initiative
    • PANEL: Can the Kiwi paradigm shift successfully translate to the Pacific Northwest?

  21 April 2017

Field Tours

Tractionline/Summit Field Tour
8:00am – 2:00pm approx: See itinerary for details. Disclaimer
ClimbMAX Field Tour
For details and itinerary, see ClimbMAX team at the conference.

Download Tractionline/Summit Field Tour Itinerary


Red Lion Hotel

510 Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA 98626, USA

Accommodation: Special Steep Slope Logging 2017 room rates are available to delegates at the Red Lion Hotel Kelso/Longview. Please state you are attending the Steep Slope Logging 2017 conference when booking.

For online accommodation bookings go to the hotel website or call
 Tel: +1 (360) 636-4400
Contact Innovatek for the code to get special accommodation rates.

Principal Event Sponsors

John Deere

Event Sponsors


Supporting Associations


Sponsorship Opportunities

Steep Slope Logging 2017 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest harvesting and management to maximize their exposure to North American forestry companies. Be part of another major event for this regions forestry sector.

Exhibition spaces are always at a premium and FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact the John Stulen at Innovatek.

Registration Rates



+ B&O TaxEnded March 17, 2017

Group Rate


+ B&O TAXMinimum of 5 attendees. Rate is per person.

Please Note

  • The conference above rates are per person.
  • All prices in US Dollars
  • All prices exclude 1.5% B&O Tax.
  • To be eligible for the Super Early-Bird Rate and the Early-Bird Rate, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the listed end date.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 17 March 2017, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme were required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.


Steep Slope Logging 2017 is presented by the Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest Magazines in cooperation with Innovatek Ltd

Innovatek specialises in connecting and supporting businesses with the latest intelligence, technologies and innovations best suited to their operations.

Innovatek also produces Australasia’s two leading newsletters for the forest products industry, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.

TimberWest Magazine

Since 1975, each issue of TimberWest has been packed with valuable job stories on successful mechanized harvesting, wood processing techniques and equipment. Also inside you’ll find timely information on legislation, industry news, annual events, people profiles and products reviews.

Click HERE to view our current issue online

Logging & Sawmilling Journal

Established in 1969, Logging and Sawmilling Journal covers both woodlands and timber processing sectors from the small logging contractor to the senior executive building state-of-the-art mills, wood energy and wood pellet facilities.

Click HERE to view our current issue online


Key Contacts

Key Contact Details

TimberWest / LSJ
Anthony Robinson
  (+1) 604 990 9970

300 Admiral Way, Suite 105
Edmonds, WA 98020

Tahlia Hopkins
(+64) 7 921 1382

PO Box 1230
Rotorua 3010
New Zealand

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