Forestry Foreman Fined Over Death – New Zealand News

A recent news story from New Zealand caught our attention the other day, to our great sadness. In March of 2013, Foreman and part owner of Complete Logging Limited Major Nelson was performing a tree-felling job with co-worker Robert Ruri-Epapara. Major Nelson was climbing and trimming while Robert Ruri-Epapara was doing ground work below. Reportedly, Nelson was unaware of his co-worker’s location on the ground as he was felling large branches. Unfortunately, Ruri-Epapara happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as one of these branches fell on top of him, killing him on impact.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to use safety measures on ALL aspects of tree care. As blue-moon as these types of situations appear, they can happen, and (at the risk of sounding cliche) it’s better to be safe than sorry. The article mentions that Nelson was found guilty of not conducting tree felling within the ‘two tree length rule’, being that the climbing arborist should not begin falling trees unless everyone is a distance of two tree lengths away. I have never heard of this trick, but it definitely sounds wise to follow.

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Forestry worker uses the Portable Winch to safely bring down a tree.

 

The county of New Zealand also recently issued a statement that machines and guiding systems should be a primary way to guide branches and logs as they fall to ensure worker safety. Using a Winch or other method of tree fall guiding is a recommended work practice. The picture above shows one of many safe methods to bring down a tree.

You can read the full article here. For more logging safety tips, make sure to visit BCForestSafe.org. What safety tips do you recommend our readers take into consideration?

Province and State Hunting Regulation Changes

You may have seen some Hunting news for various locations regarding changes in regulations. No matter where you live, this is interesting news; some of these changes may stay local, but some could spread. Here are a few key changes we thought you might like to know. 

New York – Black Bear Hunting

Rumour is that the state of New York is expanding Black Bear hunting statewidCapturee. Apparently, New York had an overpopulation of Black Bears last summer, leading to bear-human confrontations. The state also saw crop and property damage as a result. But that is all turned around now, as firearm hunters will get to see an early season, and you hunters living in Upstate New York will be able to do some Black Bear hunting of your own. These regulations are expected to be put in place within the next few weeks. See more details here.

 

Minnesota – White Tail Deer Hunting

Unfortunately, hunters in Minnesota have less thrilling news than their New York brothers. Due to a dramatic decrease in the White Tail Deer population hunters are now limited to one deer for the season, and those in North-East Minnesota are further restricted, limited to bucks only. 

The decline in the deer population is generally due to severe winters in that part of the country. However, experts do believe a bounce back is possible – with a milder winter. Cross your fingers, hunters! See more details here.

Ontario – Moose Hunting 

Ontarian’s have been waiting patiently while the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources decide what needs to be done about the lack of Moose. What once had one of the highest Moose populations in Canada is now seeing an alarming decrease in the population. The Ministry is blaming this decrease on a number of factors, including harvest, predation, parasites, habitat condition and low calf numbers. The number of Moose tags has been cut in order to help solve this problem. Read more here.

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New Hampshire – Changing Daily Limits 

New Hampshire residents have a five bird limit each day this season when it comes to Canadian Geese and Waterfowl. The state has also declared the dates of Youth Waterfowl Weekend, which is set to be the Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28. The bird limit, as well as all other constant New Hampshire bird hunting regulations, are in affect for this weekend. You can read more on the changes here.

Quite a few changes in regulations this year – as is usual with the sport of hunting. Regardless of the regulations, make sure you pack your Portable Winch!

 

Do you know of any other hunting regulations we may have missed? Tell us in the comments!

Positive Fishing Results in Nanaimo

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A fishing marina located in Nanaimo.

We love hearing positive news from the West Coast – especially when it involves fishing! Local fishing guide Andrew Turkstra, who has made his living taking people on fishing charters on Vancouver Island, has recently set up shop in Nanaimo. Until now, the Nanaimo waters were known as the ‘Dead Sea’ by other fishing guides and experienced local fishermen.

The reason for the area’s infamous nickname is due to the lack of fish that can be found there. Scientists have pointed to over fishing, changes to ocean conditions, food resources, migration and too many predators as reasons for the decline in potential trophies. Many have given up on fishing in Nanaimo all together. 

Here is the positive part: Lately, Turkstra and his customers have seen success in this area. 

“We’re beginning to see higher concentrations of salmon coming through local waters from the Columbia River as restoration projects on that waterway, as well as in salmon rivers and streams on the Island, are beginning to take hold,” Turkstra says. “We’re also learning how to fish better in that we used to fish shallow but now we find we are having success fishing at 200 to 1,000 feet. There’s also the fact that the commercial salmon fishery has been downsized in recent years and that has helped stocks recover.” 

This is clearly great news for die-hard fishermen on Vancouver Island. What was once a major problem for Nanaimo is now looking up. 

Do you plan to test your skill in the once proclaimed ‘Dead Sea’? Let us know!