About Cutting Trees

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The floating logging camp in a sheltered bay.

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A truckdriver is securing the load on his logging-truck.

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A heavy lift helicopter in the morningfog. The pilotes must be very experienced. they have to navigate the helicopter extremly precise.

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A worker struggles against the helicopter-caused wind.

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The log dropping-zone. The helicopter grabs the logs with a big claw and flyes them down from the mountain.

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A fully loaded logging-truck is struggeling to get back to the camp.

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Close to the main camp, a worker is welding a broke-down logging-truck.

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The night falls over the floating loggingcamp.

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A worker in the main camp is measuring the logs. Logs with a big diameter and only a little number of branches have the highest value.

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A logger is having a rest from chopping wood with an axe.

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The workers have to make shure that the helicopter get's all logs. otherwise they are risking high fines.

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The bay where the bundled logs are collected. Once the work is done a barge in picking them up and shipping them to Vancouver.

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A worker is walking over the floating logbundles. In the camp the logs get aligned and sorted after its kind.

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In the maincamp a worker is having a chat with a truckdriver.

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Briefing of the »fallers« before going into the woods. After statistics this job is one of the most dangerous on earth. Severe injuries in inaccessible terrain happen often.

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A faller is cutting down a approx. 500 years old ceder. This trees grow up to 2000 years old.

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A Worker is sharpening his chainsaw. They have to leave 20% retention. Clearcuts in these area are prohibited.

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A faller is checking the crown of a ceder. They have to estimate the value of the tree and decide whether to cut it or not.

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The cook is hoisting a skull-flag on the roof of the floating logging-camp.

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After a hard days work a worker is resting on the patio of the Camp.

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A faller is sawing up a log on a clearance in the forest. At the beginning of the day, the helicopter drops of the fallers in the forest. After a couple of hours they get picked up at the same spot.

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The night falls over the floating loggingcamp.

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About Cutting Trees
Inside Canada's Lumber Industry

Canada is one of the richest countries on the planet, with regards to its abundant forests and therefore wood for the lumber industry. Coniferous, deciduous or mixed woodland trees cover about 4.2 million km² of the country’s territory. This is 45% of the country’s size and roughly 10% of the worlds forests.

In the west coast of Canada, more precisely Clayoquot Sound area around Vancouver Island, you can find one of the oldest and most untouched rain forests in the world. Due to the humid climate these woods have remained untroubled by major forest-fires for many millenniums and shelter huge cedar trees that can live for up to two thousand years. Only 6% of Vancouver’s island forests are protected and already three quarters of the intact rain forest, the so-called ‘Oldgrowth’, have already been cleared. In spite of the decreasing wood prices, strict requirements and expensive logging licenses the business of harvesting ‘old wood’ remains lucrative. Consequently residents, local Indian tribes and tourists still have to worry about the preservation of this unique forest.

Julius Schrank

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