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September : Bobby Goodson, star of Discovery Channel’s “Swamp Loggers”, is coming to South Africa

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30 September, 2012


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".

 Bobby Goodson

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, "Swamp Loggers."

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.

Bobby Goodson 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 operations.

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 gill@forestrysolutions.net or 013 751 2908 for tickets, or visit the www.forestrysolutions.net.

Bobby and Lori Goodson
 Bobby and Lori Goodson, who will both be visiting South Africa


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