29th September 2011, Nevis
Range, Torlundy, Fort William
How do we go back up the hill?
The last meeting in Aviemore was extremely well attended and
this next event will focus on the key issue around the volume of
timber that is ready to be harvested in the next 1 - 5 years but is
located in very difficult site. Presentations will include:
· Timber in Austria is currently being harvested in areas which
present significant challenges to man and machine - how do they
· What is being done to increase the skills and knowledge
capacity of contractors within our own contracting sector.
· Progress update on the BSW development at Kilmallie which will
potentially be a significant consumer of this timber.
Like previous meetings we hope to explore and discuss some of
these key areas that will help us to drive forward a sustainable
forest industry for the future
We will have presentations from the following speakers:
Colin Saunders, Timber Development - Colin took
part in the HIFIC study tour to Austria back in June and will
provide a presentation on their findings and how these can
potentially be applied in Scotland.
Grant MacKintosh, FE - Grant was responsible
for the organisation of the study tour and since returning is about
to commence some steep ground trials with contractor, Calum Duffy
from Mull. Calum also took part in the study tour and as a direct
result has purchased new winch equipment. Between them Grant and
Calum will give on overview of these trials and the new equipment
purchased by Calum.
Casey Keller, Scottish Woodlands Ltd - Casey
has recently joined Scottish Woodlands from the USA and will be
responsible for all their steep ground harvesting activity. Casey
will give us an overview of how they do it in the USA and how he
views operations in the H&I's.
Andy Rogers, BSW Ltd - Andy will give us a
quick update on the progress with their Kilmallie expansion and the
likely impact this will have on timber demand.
We will also show a short DVD that was picked up in the study
tour that tells the story of how the Austrians dealt with a sever
wind blow back in 2007. There are some interesting and innovative
Remember this is our trade 'voice' for all in forestry in the
highlands and is an excellent opportunity to network. Your
attendance is appreciated.
I'm also pleased to say that sponsorship for this event has been
provided by Hawco Volkswagen and they will have several new
vehicles on display at Nevis Range on the day. These will include
the new Amarok pickup and Transporter from the commercial side
along with the recently revised Tiguan and Touareg models. The
vehicles will be on show from 3.00pm but if anyone wishes to pre
book a test drive, please do so on the on-line booking form and we
will do our best to accommodate you
Details and Booking. Registration and
tea/coffee from 4.30pm, meeting commences at 5.30pm. As this event
will be held up at the top station we will aim to have everyone on
the gondola by 5.15pm (hence the slightly earlier start time). The
event will conclude at 7.30pm with a buffet and opportunity to
To book a place please book on-line at http://www.keycs.com/event/displayEvent.asp?eventid=49
Please complete your booking no later than Friday
23rd September 2011.
Directions. Please remember that this meeting
will be in the Top Station at Nevis Range. For directions please
follow this link:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions
or if you require further information. My telephone number is 01463
741836 or you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are keen to
ensure as many people within the industry have access to the
cluster meetings so if you can think of anyone else who you think
may find the events of interest please pass on the information or
provide me with their contact details and I will add them to our
Look forward to seeing you on the 29th September.