EMPORIUM — The Lyme Timber Company recently deployed Pennsylvania’s first winch assist harvesting system for logging on steep slopes, reaching the milestone of 100 acres logged last week.

The equipment, a 2022 EMS Tractionline Winch Assist System, is the latest technology to further modernize the region’s forestry industry. The system includes specialized winches that maintain constant tension on cables attached to a machine that fells timber on steep slopes. The system reduces ground pressure, erosion and the need for dangerous hand felling on these same slopes.

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