Cutting trees, without cutting roads.
With our company history based in timber harvesting, Erickson has refined and innovated its capabilities over decades. Helicopter timber harvesting with the S-64 is a cost-effective method of harvesting wood, a natural renewable resource. Timber is lifted vertically and flown rather than skidded across the forest floor. The benefits of this state-of-the-art forest practice include far less damage to adjacent stands of trees, soil and riparian areas resulting in a healthier forest environment. In addition, timber harvesting by helicopter saves substantial costs by minimizing the need for road construction, reducing the cost of falling, loading and hauling the timber.
- Conventional Helicopter Harvesting – Choosing Erickson as your timber harvesting partner maximizes your harvesting options. Today’s loggers are not bound by the limitations of conventional logging practices. Timber harvesting with the Erickson S-64 Aircrane is a cost-effective and environmentally sound method of harvesting wood. Timber is picked up and flown out from where it is felled, rather than being skidded across the forest floor. Erickson can handle all logging prescriptions, including: shelter wood, patch cut, selective and clear-cut methods. Our Erickson S-64 Aircranes can dead-lift larger timber pieces and can fly uphill as well as they do downhill. This allows us to use landings or road systems that may exist above a cut block. Working with Erickson allows you to capitalize on prime logging opportunities while preserving the natural beauty of the forest.
- Standing Stem Harvesting – This revolutionary method of timber harvesting involves pulling limbed and topped trees up and out of the forest with no damage to the stem or surrounding area. The horizontally mounted standing stem grapple grabs the stem where it stands as the Aircrane snaps and pulls the tree off at the precut points. Unlike other helicopters, the Aircrane has the power and capacity to dead lift the stem above the canopy and not drag it through the forest. Single Stem harvesting allows companies to access timber that otherwise may not be recoverable due to extreme terrain issues. It also adds volume and value to the stem by reducing breakage during technical falling situations with the tree not having to impact the ground. This method has been used during conventional helicopter timber harvesting operations across British Columbia Canada.
- Feller Buncher Harvesting – Erickson can put the unreachable within reach. The feller buncher can be flown into sites previously considered inaccessible and then reassembled on the hillside. Bundled for maximum efficiency, the feller buncher neatly arranges and bundles the logs to attain an efficient target weight while increasing turn times and limiting debris and waste each and every turn flown under the Erickson S-64 Aircrane.
Erickson Inc. Timber Harvesting brochure (Click to download PDF)