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Nonprofit conservation organizations, government agencies, hunt clubs, and private land owners all may experience increasing interest in maintaining habitats for pheasants, doves, elk, deer, and other animals. Maintaining an effective animal habitat encompasses: food, water, shelter, and space.

All animals need food. Elk, deer, pheasants, and doves all require grasses and/or grains in order to survive; however, many areas where these food sources have grown in the past have become overgrown with underbrush, shading the ground and preventing grasses from flourishing. This is where the forestry mulchers and forestry mowers can help. Forestry mulchers and forestry mowers are great tools for removing underbrush and invasive species such as buckthorn and multiflora rose, allowing sunlight into the understory and the rejuvenation of grasses and other food sources.

Water is another critical element for wildlife survival. Water sources can be obstructed from access or become stagnant due to tree and understory growth. Tree growth in waterways can restrict water flow and, in turn, affect water supply for wildlife habitats. Excavator mulchers and tree shears are excellent for managing or removing trees and underbrush from the riparian buffer zone of waterways, allowing animals access to the water source. Mounting these attachments on an excavator allows you to reach into the waterway, resulting in minimal ground and habitat disturbance as you remove unwanted vegetation.

Shelter and space are required by all wildlife. Elk, deer, pheasant, and doves all require certain criteria for shelter, breeding, escaping the summer heat, and protecting themselves from the cold temperatures of winter. Pheasants require clump forming grasses and cattails for breeding and protection during the winter months. Invasion of underbrush can force out the grasses required by these birds for breeding; just as invasive willows can restrict the growth of cat tails required for the bird’s protection during the cold winter months. Removal of invasive species can be accomplished with a number of products. Large trees in fence lines can also pose a threat to the pheasant, allowing places for hawks and other predators to perch and ambush the birds. Removal of these larger trees can be accomplished with a tree shear.

  • Geothermal Energy

    Fecon manufactures a drill rig and support trailer that is uniquely suited for residential and small commercial geothermal ground loop drilling applications. For operators offering geothermal heating and cooling installations as a way to provide a renewable energy source, having an efficient means of drilling and installing quality ground loops in the right spot with minimal disturbance is essential. It all comes down to cost-effective quality installations of geothermal energy systems.

    Drilling ground loops for geothermal heating systems on properties with existing structures can be a challenge. The GL300 can counter-rotate and the operator has great visibility to move the drill into areas not accessible to traditional drill rigs. Traditional drill rigs mounted on trucks can be very large with poor maneuverability. To gain access where drilling must take place, fences may need to be removed and re-installed, or mature trees may need to be cut down. In some cases a truck or steel-track mounted drill may not be able access the desired work area at all.

    Our drill rigs and geothermal support trailers are used for installation of ground loops for residential and small commercial geothermal heating which require a series of holes with depths between 120’-200’ (36-60 m), and on occasion 300’ (91m).

  • Soil and Ground Water Remediation

    Soil and ground water remediation is the process that is used to remove pollution from the soil and from groundwater. While there are a wide variety of techniques being applied worldwide, Fecon equipment is typically applied to the physical treatment of soil and groundwater. Fecon milling attachments, connected to a suitable carrier, are ideal for incorporating soil remediation materials when a homogeneous mix is crucial. Fecon offers multiple models to provide the width, depth, and power class to serve soil remediation efforts on either PTO or hydraulic carriers.

  • Bioharvesting

    There has been a buzz in the industry over the past few years about biomass and every indication shows that there is no slow down in the growth expected in bio-fuel harvesting for energy. With the push from the government and the private sector for clean, renewable fuel sources, there are many outlets for woody biomass that were not available in the past. Woody biomass is used in many different forms — wood pellets, ethanol, bio-diesel, wood chips for heating schools and universities, and as the fuel source for co-gen plants. There are many methods to harvest and process this material that were previously prohibitive due to the high cost in certain applications. Slash piles left in the woods and small diameter material are great sources of biomass.

    Slash Piles
    Slash piles are left behind from cut-to-length logging operations, a chipper forwarder is the ideal machine to collect, process, and harvest this material. Due to the high production rates and versatile terrain these chipper forwarders can navigate, they have been found to have many uses. Chipper units are designed for mounting on four- or six-wheel log forwarders. These chippers can quickly reduce and collect material by towing a collection wagon. With the ease of movement, high production, and ability to chip over an open top chip van, we have found that it also fits well on a log landing as a stationary chipper.

    Small Diameter Material
    Exactly how to collect small diameter material for woody biomass in an efficient way has long been a problem for contractors. A bio-harvesting attachment can clear, chip and collect small diameter biomass in a way that has never been demonstrated before. This opens up a whole new stream of available biomass that was not previously utilized. These bio-harvesting attachments will collect material for biomass at the same time that they improve the land by removing invasive species, reducing wild fire hazard, clearing for right of way or pipeline work, or being used on a land-clearing project.

  • Wetland and Habitat Construction

    Nonprofit conservation organizations, government agencies, hunt clubs, and private land owners all may experience increasing interest in maintaining habitats for pheasants, doves, elk, deer, and other animals. Maintaining an effective animal habitat encompasses: food, water, shelter, and space.

    All animals need food. Elk, deer, pheasants, and doves all require grasses and/or grains in order to survive; however, many areas where these food sources have grown in the past have become overgrown with underbrush, shading the ground and preventing grasses from flourishing. This is where the forestry mulchers and forestry mowers can help. Forestry mulchers and forestry mowers are great tools for removing underbrush and invasive species such as buckthorn and multiflora rose, allowing sunlight into the understory and the rejuvenation of grasses and other food sources.

    Water is another critical element for wildlife survival. Water sources can be obstructed from access or become stagnant due to tree and understory growth. Tree growth in waterways can restrict water flow and, in turn, affect water supply for wildlife habitats. Excavator mulchers and tree shears are excellent for managing or removing trees and underbrush from the riparian buffer zone of waterways, allowing animals access to the water source. Mounting these attachments on an excavator allows you to reach into the waterway, resulting in minimal ground and habitat disturbance as you remove unwanted vegetation.

    Shelter and space are required by all wildlife. Elk, deer, pheasant, and doves all require certain criteria for shelter, breeding, escaping the summer heat, and protecting themselves from the cold temperatures of winter. Pheasants require clump forming grasses and cattails for breeding and protection during the winter months. Invasion of underbrush can force out the grasses required by these birds for breeding; just as invasive willows can restrict the growth of cat tails required for the bird’s protection during the cold winter months. Removal of invasive species can be accomplished with a number of products. Large trees in fence lines can also pose a threat to the pheasant, allowing places for hawks and other predators to perch and ambush the birds. Removal of these larger trees can be accomplished with a tree shear.

  • Material Recycling

    Fecon equipment can help you produce quality select products from new or recycled materials. Fecon Orbit Screens are great for separating a variety of materials in order to prepare aggregate materials for recycled uses and renewed value. The Orbital Action feature combines the natural forces of centrifuge, gravity, and particle size separation into one simple machine.

    Use of the Fecon forestry mulcher, orbit screen, and support equipment can enable the operator to:
    • Screen wood scrap material for use in colored mulch, and livestock bedding.
    • Screen chipped tree trimmings for mulch sale.
    • Screen soil from rocks, grass/weeds, tree roots, and trash.
    • Recycle materials on construction sites.
    • Prepare select backfill on construction sites.

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