Matt Moldenhauer

Reflections on the current state of fuel prices in logging and transport

  Goodbye, Bobby After watching Bobby Goodson of Swamp Logger’s YouTube video announcing he is shutting down his operation on account of fuel and other cost pressures, I wanted to share some thoughts and reflections on the current state of…

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The Aftermath of a Machine Rollover: Was the Operator Careless or Thoughtless?

As you can probably imagine, if tall, narrow tree stems (80′ or taller) begin swaying they can destabilize a wheeled machine that stands only 12 feet off the ground. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen often but when it does it can…

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Logging: It’s not for everyone

In the past year loggers have been in the news from ex-loggers in California fighting wildfires with their trusty dozers to Maine loggers facing-off with an exploding paper digester. From the West Coast to the Northeast, Midwest to Southeast, there…

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Let’s get some things straight about logging and the environment

There is so much misunderstanding about logging in the US and at the top of the list is its sustainability and environmental impact. As for most of the world’s misunderstandings, it either comes from a lack of education and exposure…

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Offering healthcare to our employees isn’t a choice, it’s a principle

When my partners and I bought Bellwether, its employees did not have health care coverage. This wasn’t unusual in the industry then and its not unusual now. It is a fact of life that in a cut-throat, cost driven market…

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Make yourself replaceable

Why we promote from within

Logging has a long history of small family businesses in the Southeast. It is a celebrated history, and rightfully so. But the tough thing about most family businesses is that if you don’t share the owner’s last name, you’re probably…

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