Forestry Training Course Goal

To familiarize the participant with some of the forces that shape the forest harvesting industry, and provide a detailed guide to harvest equipment and how it is used for maximum productivity and safety.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the contribution of Canada’s forest products to the Canadian economy
  2. Recognize the relative importance of Canada’s forest products in a regional and global context
  3. Identify five important economic, social and environmental forces that have led to the forest harvesting and silvicultural systems found in Alberta today
  4. Recognize three emerging forces that will likely change Alberta’s harvesting systems in the future
  5. Describe the main silvicultural systems in use in Alberta, and why they are prescribed
  6. Recognize the main harvest methods in use in Alberta, and where they are most often applied
  7. Recognize the various pieces of equipment that may be used in a logging operation, and when each type of equipment is selected
  8. Describe the basics of a successful harvesting operation
  9. Recognize factors that influence the productivity and efficiency of a harvesting operation
  10. Describe how log quality on a harvesting operation is maintained through each phase of the operation
  11. Describe how wood size, terrain, road layout, and ground conditions impact each phase
  12. Relate the production, logging, and quality of each phase to the preceding or following phases
  13. Recognize the various operational strategies of each phase of a logging operation
  14. Recognize ‘how to’ conduct operations for each piece of equipment involved in each phase of the harvesting operation


          • This course is available in a narrated online version however, it can also be delivered in person or online (to groups) with a live instructor. To arrange a “live online” delivery please send your request to or contact the WOLF office at 1-866-293-WOLF (9653)

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