WILDFIRE FUEL TREATMENT SPECIALISTS
Our Super Natural landscape from the Rocky Mountain Trench to the Western shores of Vancouver Island and north up the continent, are all under threat from accelerated climate change phenomenon.
Our homes, businesses and communities are encompassed in this vast, diverse, forested ecosystem we call British Columbia. We all depend on it immensely for our recreational values, visual and spiritual healing, livelihoods and our very existence.
We as a species are fast approaching a tipping point where we will soon be suffering from continuous catastrophic wildfires, loss of economies, water and wildlife degradation, air quality issues and ultimately the quality of our lives will diminish.
If municipalities, regional districts, provincial and federal governments along with our Indigenous nations, work together cohesively and quickly we can limit the effect of this landscape level disruption and work to bring a balance back into our daily lives and for generations to come.
The Acreshakerr team has focused a great amount of resources and time developing, sourcing and importing the right equipment for this delicate task of maintaining our forest ecosystems, all while lowering wild fire risks in and around our communities. It is this ongoing challenge that pushes our limits, pushes our ingenuity, increases our exposure to risks and hazards and puts us in the spot light time and time again. But through these unique challenges we have created an accountable, results driven, professional approach to forest fuel reduction treatments, true selective harvesting and timber land management.
By adapting long practiced Scandinavian harvesting and forest interaction methods, this has lead us to what we believe is the most comprehensive, low impact, meaningful type of forestry work in the province. We pride ourselves with our light touch on the land, our ability to build back soils and resilient timber stands and care for the remaining timber while we are in the treatment areas working our equipment. We can deliver a final product that suggests no one or no equipment has entered the forest and removed under story brush, smaller diameter logs and thinned an area of forest to create canopy openings.
Our equipment is small, light, quick and efficient. Highly mobile, and all track driven. Our steep slope harvester/processor is unique to this corner of the world, boasts a very small footprint of 8.15 feet wide, has a zero tail swing carriage design, long reach boom for trail-less harvesting and a highly computerized merchandising cutter head. All controls and parameters are fully customized on the fly, real time blue tooth data uploading, volume and species indexing and of course full scale processing in stand capable. We are very pleased to offer such an incredible gentle touch while being highly productive in our fuel treatment and harvesting projects.
Our chosen method of moving the processed logs from the forest to a sort deck at roadside is a small innovation coming out of eastern Canada.
The forwarder is a narrow and robust but efficiently handles the logs we encounter throughout our treatments. It is multi-use as well, providing mobilization of our onsite suppression equipment to protect the forest and the workers should a fire break out. Increased optimized wood volumes are recoverable using the 'cut-to-length method', and forwarding are far superior to ground skidding methods as the equipment can snake through the forest without dragging the wood, without rubbing the remaining retention trees. Furthermore, we do not need any constructed trails or skid roads, and can climb otherwise unsafe slopes without loosing traction and scarring the forest floor. Here is a list of some of the differences in our processes - Our logs are clean, the forest floor does not become compacted, remaining trees are intact, root mats are not crushed by heavy repeated equipment passes, hillsides and slopes are not rutted with top soils spun aside. Rocky outcroppings are gently traversed, and no trails need to be constructed at any point, limiting our over all impact on the forest ecosystem.
We employ the use of a rubber tracked chipper to masticate the remaining brush, some limbs and tops otherwise not merchantable to clients. This allows us full use of the benefits that chipping can offer. Chipping this woody debris has several benefits to the client and the forest ecosystem in general. Chipping provides ground cover to suppress weeds and regrowth of unwanted brush, small invasive plants and re-gen of otherwise not wanted species. At the same time it provides a ground cover that holds moisture and is a slow release nutrient cycle while breaking down naturally. With chipping, we can simply reshape the carbon in the forest and suppress it's release by returning it into the ecosystem where it came from. Additionally we can spread chip over thin soil types, rocky outcroppings and place into areas to build soil diversity and depth. Traditionally the forest practice has been to mechanically pile and burn the waste or just leave it to rot on the forest floor, but this is not ideal and only adds to a huge carbon release from slash burning and forest fuel build up if left out in the cut block to rot.
The Acreshakerr team has the equipment, the certification, and the drive to deliver an outstanding fuel reduction treatment to any terrain, in any corner of the country. We add value to your remaining stands through thinning and carbon sequestration, through low impact extraction and building in natural resilience to climate changes.