One summer, several forest-related enterprises hosted an in-the-woods equipment demonstration in conjunction with a Log A Load For Kids charity harvest. Lyons Equipment and Pioneer Machinery teamed up with the West Virginia Mountain Loggers Group and several FRA member-company foresters to show off some new machines working on the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border. This harvesting demo, on a site provided by Coastal Lumber Co., generated over $8,000 for the Morgantown, West Virginia Children’s Hospital, and it attracted newspaper and TV attention.
The media gave the loggers and truckers who volunteered their services some positive publicity. Attendees to this event observed tracked feller-bunchers, new cutting heads, a stroke delimber, and a prototype eight-wheeled skidder in operation. The Log A Load For Kids charity timber harvest and equipment demo is a great project that ought to be repeated in other states.