Kalskag Crew Completes Timber Harvesting Equipment Training in Washington Funded Through ICDBG

A new generation of KLG timber harvester operators - possibly the only Alaska Native Certified Harvester Operators in the World: L-R Andrew Kameroff, Jr., Nickolai Savage, Instructor Alan Waldan, Stanley Morgan

A new generation of KLG timber harvester operators – possibly the only Alaska Native Certified Harvester Operators in the World: L-R Andrew Kameroff, Jr., Nickolai Savage, Instructor Alan Waldan, Stanley Morgan, unidentified

An example of the certificates they recieved

An example of the certificates they received

11-15 after being weathered out for a day the KLG crew arrives in Anchorage just in time to catch the flight to Seattle as it was boarding

11-15 after being weathered out for a day the KLG crew arrives in Anchorage just in time to catch the flight to Seattle as it was boarding

11-6 After a long flight and a long drive, Nickolai gets to see what a brand new harvester head looks like at the training facility in Kelso/Longview Washington

11-6 After a long flight and a long drive, Nickolai gets to see what a brand new harvester head looks like at the training facility in Kelso/Longview Washington. This was the first time out of Alaska for Nickolai & Stanley

It's been a few years since these guys had to sit in a classroom!

It’s been a few years since these guys had to sit and behave in a classroom!

Learning to program the computer that runs the harvester head

Andrew learning to program the computer that runs the harvester head

Learning to troubleshoot the electronics and computer system

Learning to troubleshoot the electronics and computer system

Computer creen, keyboard, and control modules - these are all found on the harvester at the Kalskag timber harvest site

Computer screen, keyboard, and control modules – these are all found on the harvester at the Kalskag timber harvest site

What is looks like up close - very sophisticated technology

What it looks like up close – very sophisticated technology

Nickolai mastering the simulator - easy for the X-Box generation!

Nickolai mastering the simulator – easy stuff for the X-Box generation!

Field trip to Wood's Logging Supply where we order some of our supplies from.

Field trip to Wood’s Logging Supply where we order some of our supplies from.

After completing the classroom training it was time to head into the Washington hills to observe a large scale timber harvest operation

After completing the classroom training it was time to head into the Washington hills to observe a large scale timber harvest operation – Andrew & Stanley are riding with the logging company owner in the lead truck

L-R Andrew & Stanley geared up

L-R Andrew & Stanley geared up

Logs being trucked from the harvest site to the mills along the Columbia River

Logs being trucked from the harvest site to the mills along the Columbia River

Stan is especially observant on the differences between Washington wood on ours. Although these trees on this truck are about the same diameter as ours they are much younger.

Stan is especially observant on the differences between Washington wood and ours. Although the trees on this truck are about the same diameter as Middle Kuskokwim timber they are much, much younger.

Observing a "yarder" in operation was a real treat. We had only seen these on "Axemen" before this.

Observing a “yarder” in operation was a real treat. We had only seen these on the T.V. show “Axemen” before this.

Andrew climbing into the harvester that is working with the "yarder"

Andrew climbing into the harvester that is working with the “yarder”

Watching the slingers down in the valley hooking logs up to the yarder to be pulled up the hill

Watching the slingers down in the valley hooking logs up to the yarder to be pulled up the hill

Something the Kalskag crew has in common with the Washington loggers - a campfire to warm up and have coffee or lunch by

Something the Kalskag crew has in common with the Washington loggers – a campfire to warm up and have coffee or lunch by

We also learned about reforestation techniques

We also learned about reforestation techniques

We even saw some Big Foot tracks!

We even saw some Big Foot tracks!

We are very grateful to the following for making this life changing training for our People possible:

  • the U.S. HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant
  • Alan Waldman and the rest of the staff at Waratah, USA
  • Lisa Feyereisen, NVN Administrative Support

Thank you.

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