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:

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


      • Course delivery is available in a classroom setting (at your location) or online. To arrange a classroom delivery send your request to wolfinfo@northernlakescollege

      The Woodland Operations Learning Foundation (WOLF) has partnered with Northern Lakes College (NLC) to deliver outstanding courses to meet your needs. The Northern Lakes College user- friendly, online learning system allows you to upgrade your skills and get the credentials you need. Any time that works for you and Anywhere you have internet access.

      For a limited time, WOLF Environmental Courses are being offered for the special price of $44 (+gst), THANKS to the support of the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA).  This offer is only available to Alberta residents.

      WOLF Environmental Courses regular price: $220 (+gst)/course  (Discount Price: $44 (+gst)/course for Alberta residents)

      WOLF Operational and Business Courses are available for $220 (+gst)/course

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