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It is almost derby time, then comes the rainy season. Summer has disappeared on us. Our markets have remained fairly consistent. Cataract has been focusing on cedar for the mill. W can currently turn standing trees into lumber in less than 30 days. While we can't always accomplish this special service for our friends at the mill, Cataract has had an excellent run lately.
Cataract is finally starting to get some room between phases. Several options are available to get some consistent volume moving. The L15 has been getting right-of-way volumes that have helped keep everything flowing while the fallers get ahead of us. We may even be able to run three grapple yarders for awhile. The moratorium on the dryland start time is almost over, which will help productivity. The days are getting shorter so we may have to install lights. Camp is still an issue for crews but cost and weather may dictate 100% camp requirements.
C-FMAY has returned so we will be working the split sort very soon. We will have to iron out the kinks if we are to get to 800m3 a day but that is the target. We are about half way through Probyn's volume. Cataract has additional volume to fall for the helicopter.
We will slowly complete Toquart now that the helicopter has returned. The helicopter has wood left all over the Toquart drainage area so we will need a bit of a program to get it all organized.
TFL 54 is progressing well, about 10 days of pulp remain, and we will have fir roadside for hauling at a later date. Stewardson is getting a minor refurbish and cleanup to get ready for late September logging. Engineering will continue as we develop volumes for next year.
We lost our newest machine recently, so we are doing minor repairs to the L17 - 980F as a backup until the outcome of the L24 is known. We will focus on grapple yard maintenance this fall in an attempt to improve machine availability, probably the undercarriage will be first. My recent tour of Cataract indicates that the wood pickups require some maintenance and a lot more care and attention by operators.