30 September, 2012
BOBBY GOODSON, STAR OF DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S "SWAMP LOGGERS", IS COMING
TO SOUTH AFRICA
|Bobby Goodson, the host of Discovery Channel's
hit show, "Swamp Loggers", will provide the entertainment during an evening
dinner at the Ingwenyama Resort outside White River in Mpumalanga on 07
November. Fourth-generation logger, Bobby T. Goodson runs Goodson's All Terrain
Logging, Inc. (ATL); a family owned and operated business located in
Jacksonville, North Carolina. The Swamp Loggers crew is made up of highly
skilled, hard-working men and women who "know how to get the job done right".
Despite the seemingly impassable terrain they face, their
heavy-duty equipment allows them to collect, load and distribute the massive
trees found in very difficult areas. On average, they are able to yield 92
truckloads of wood per week to the nearby paper mills. Although the work is
demanding and often dangerous, the crew still enjoys what they do. Their
day-to-day efforts can now be seen on the Discovery Channel's hit reality show,
Logging is an integral part of the Goodson family history and has
been passed from generation to generation. Bobby's grandfather, T.R. Goodson
began logging decades ago in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia, before
finally settling in Jacksonville in 1954. Bobby's father, Marvin
"Bobby" Goodson, also logged for 27 years, passing on both the love
of logging and the importance of hard work to Bobby and his brother Michael.
Bobby, a charter member of the North Carolina Association of Professional
Loggers, currently works alongside his son Justin, and hopes that one day
Justin will eventually pass the tradition on to his own sons.
||With their multi-generational history in the
logging industry, the Goodson family and crew has not only developed a true
love of logging, but also a deep respect for the land. As the world-wide
emphasis on protecting our environment (i.e., "going green")
continues to increase, many people have openly criticized the logging and
timber industry. Goodson's ATL is proud to be years ahead of the curve. Unlike
other traditional logging practices, the shovel method of logging used by ATL
involves the creation of a mat of cut timber which becomes the "road"
by which the loggers can access the trees and transport them out of the
forest. As a result, there is significantly less
ground disturbance and the trees are able regenerate within just a few years.
The talk, which has been generously sponsored by Tigercat, will
cover issues ranging from the experience of being filmed while carrying out
harvesting operations, to indicating what makes them a successful operation, to
discussing the environmental pressures being faced by modern harvesting
Tickets to the dinner, which starts at 18h30, will cost R230.00
per person, which includes limited refreshments. The dinner is included in the
registration costs of delegates attending the Focus on Forest Engineering
Conference, being held at the same venue on that day. Please contact Gill
Shuttleworth at [email protected] or 013 751 2908
for tickets, or visit the www.forestrysolutions.net.
| Bobby and Lori Goodson, who will both be
visiting South Africa