Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
The steep, boulder-strewn terrain of Vancouver Island makes special demands on the logging operations run by Hays Forest Services. The fallers use chainsaws on timber that can have a trunk diameter of 7ft of more in work that is dangerous but exhilarating. For yarding, the company uses equipment that ranges from 19th-century technology derived from shipping to the most modern machines. The timber is extracted by truck, train and helicopter.
During a six-week stay in British Columbia, Dylan Winter filmed all these facets of the enterprise as well as a dry land sort and the Somas mill. He looked, too, at some of the support operations including road maintenance, bridge-building and blasting.
The DVD version of the programme includes more on environmental issues and the working lives of the loggers as well as extra material on the trucks, trains and helicopters.
Code No. 010896, ISBN 1903366836, $29.00