Hunter Harrill to leave for Humboldt, USA

Friday 17 May 2019

Dr. Hunter Harrill, who has been at the University of Canterbury School of Forestry for just over 8 years, will be taking up a new position early August as Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University, USA. It’s not only our University students that have greatly benefited from Hunters’ knowledge and enthusiasm of all things harvesting, but Hunter will also be well known to many New Zealand harvesting contractors – especially those working with cable logging systems.

He has carried out many applied research projects around the country as part of the FGR research programme. As just one example, this knowledge has culminated in him running cable logging and planning workshops, as well as more recently Productivity Coaching for Rayonier and Ernslaw One crews.

While his departure will be a great loss for the School of Forestry, it is also an excellent opportunity for Hunter and his wife Katie. They head back to the place where they both studied, have family, and he started his career, in the magnificent redwood forests of northern California. Hunter will be able to make a valuable contribution not only to teaching the next generation of foresters there, but for example also help their logging industry as they start to expand into winch-assist operations. This is already providing some collaboration opportunities between the two regions renowned for cable logging and working on steep slopes.

We thank Hunter for his major contribution to the both the School of Forestry and our NZ industry and wish him and Katie all the best for the future.

Rien Visser, Director of Forest Engineering, UC.

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