Daily Archives: August 26, 2009

Suffering Economy Hitting Loggers At The Core

Our current economical down-slide has not only hurt the green we put in our wallets every two weeks, but has also had an adverse affect on the environment as well as our food chain. The effects of the economy has now rippled its way into the logging industry.

An occupation which at one time yielded profits fit for a king is now in danger of being shut down in many areas. Logging business owners are struggling to break even, leaving climbers jobless, and unable to support their families.

The economy has now affected the environment we live in as these logging companies are being forced to shut down, leaving a black mark on our food chain, and a source of oxygen. Some of these trees are so tall, reaching heights of over 200 feet, that they become susceptible to wind gusts.

The tree tops start swaying in the wind, and if one tall tree high up on hill topples over, a domino affect ensues with the trees further down the slope. Instead of 100 trees flopping over, the area now suffers from hundreds of hectars of damage.

When this happens, the deer, and other wildlife in the area have trouble digging up the food needed to survive the winter due to the hard crusting of snow that takes place. ?? There is now more snow on the forest bottom due to the trees which had previously existed, and provided shelter from the elements, now rotting on the ground.

The loggers are hired by environmental companies along with other groups who have an interest in protecting their land to help cut the tree tops off. Once that is done, the winds affects are not as disastrous.

Running a logging company is a costly venture, and requires highly efficient time management, and a bit of luck. It’s a dangerous job already since your often quite high in the air, in locations so desolate that the only way to get help if injured, is to be flown out by a helicopter.

Loggers need high quality equipment or they spend more time climbing down to the ground to fix their equipment, costing them valuable time.

Helicopters are hired at a rate of $5,000 dollars per hour, and are placed on call. It doesn’t matter if the chopper is up in the air or on the ground. Time is money in the logging industry, leaving little room for error.