Helicopter work by Mosiac Forest Management began on Hill 60 on Aug. 2 and will last approximately four to five weeks.
“The helicopter will be active from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with breaks throughout the day,” confirmed Mosaic’s communications manager Olivia Lyle.
Lyle said the helicopters were doing tree harvesting of second growth on Hill 60.
“Because of the area’s slope and terrain, Mosaic was using a specialized heavy-lift helicopter for the operations,” Lyle said, “Work with this helicopter has now concluded. We’ll resume operations with a smaller helicopter later in the month.”
Mayor Bob Day toured the top of Hill 60 while the specialized helicopters were at work.
“That machine is specialized in picking up standing timber that is partially cut so the machine can just tug it off the stump,” he explained. “It’s an expensive process but there’s less cost in road building to grab the premium wood.”
Mosaic is hosting a Community Helicopter Day happening sometime in early to mid-September where residents can see the machines up close and talk to the pilots and Mosaic staff.