Tremendous response for international steep land logging conference

Tahlia HopkinsSteep Slope Logging

Wide range of forest industry practitioners confirmed

Conference organizers are reporting a great response to a technical logging conference and field demo set to run on March 2-3 in Richmond, BC.  Foresters and loggers, keen to learn how traction-assist harvesters can safely handle forest slopes, have signed up in droves for the event.  Places for delegates on the field demos sold out earlier this week.


Steep Slope Logging conference delegates have been steadily registering for the conference – so much so that the field demos associated with the conference have now sold out. A big draw card for delegates is the presence of a number of key logging innovators making the trip to share their experiences with locally-developed traction-assist harvesters.

“Delegate response to our international lineup of technical logging speakers and the demos on the following day from both the licensees and the logging contractor community has been fantastic” says conference co-organizer, Rob Stanhope, of Logging and Sawmilling Journal.
Stanhope says western North American forestry leaders can take some comfort in introducing these new forest harvesting technologies, knowing that New Zealand’s leading loggers were careful to ensure systems were well-supported by both engineers and forest managers.  Regulatory agencies are also closely involved from the outset.

“Its great the field demos, scheduled for March 3rd has been fully booked.  We are pleased to have the team from FP Innovations organizing the demos.  They have selected two key systems to demonstrate.  They have also been able to include WorkSafe BC speakers into the demo program so we’ll have some good discussions on the day out in the forest,” says Stanhope.

The Steep Slope Logging” Conference runs at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel on March 2, 2016.  The full program is available at: