Technological Innovations in Logging Operations




February 01, 2024


Technological Innovations in Logging Operations

Author:  David Nolle | Executive Director | Minnesota Logger Education Program



Common beliefs suggest that loggers are slow to adopt new technologies, resist change, and are risk averse. Farmers, tradesmen, and others who spend lots of time outdoors are often included in these observations. Many who grew up around logging and agriculture might argue these presumptions. The recent report Status of the Minnesota Logging Sector in 2021[1] asked, “For each of the following technologies, please indicate whether you already have it available in your home or office [and in-woods] for business use or if you plan to use it.” (Question 45). Although the question asked only about the technology used “in-woods” and “in-office,” the Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP) is using those results to develop and deliver tools to loggers to help them improve efficiencies not only “in-woods” and “in-office” but also to help them grow, personally, as business owners or employees.

Certain objections and barriers to testing and implementing technology use for logging operations have been identified and include remote areas with limited internet connectivity, harsh working conditions where extreme climates and user resistance may challenge the electronic tools to adopt new tools.

[1] Blinn, Charles R.; Nolle, David A. (2023). Status of the Minnesota Logging Sector in 2021. University of Minnesota. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,



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