Is 5g an existential threat?

Spirit Vision Films just completed a video on the possible threats of 5G for the Olympic Peninsula Progressives and Clallam Against Smart Meters and 5G.

Tony Corrado, of Clallam County, lays out the facts about the 5G roll out and how it can affect the environment, including not only humans, but animals and insects too. Tony has many years in the technology field associated with this issue and uses peer-reviewed finding to show how this technology needs to be further studied to prove its safety.

Take a few minutes to find out how you will be affected by this new technology. It will be worth you time! Thanks for looking!

Ward bridge scour Protection project

The Ward Bridge crosses the Dungeness River near the intersection of Woodcock and Ward roads, near Sequim, Washington. Woodcock road was closed on June 17th to began the repair work to the three concrete piers that support the bridge as well as refurbishing the wooden superstructure. October 5th saw the refurbished bridge open once again.

Spirit Vision Films was there throughout the project, documenting with our drones, cinema, time lapse, and still cameras. The four-month project included interviews with Clallam County project manager, engineer, habitat biologist, along with the construction foreman of Bruch and Bruch Construction of Port Angeles, Washington.

We really enjoyed working with the county and construction crews in the scenic Sequim-Dungeness Valley throughout the summer construction season.

Hope you enjoy!

Ward Bridge Restoration project august update

It has now been two months since Bruch and Bruch, the contractors hired by Clallam County shut-down the Ward bridge across the Dungeness River at Woodcock road and began the pillar or pier restoration of the old wooden bridge originally built in 1934 and rebuilt again in 1977.

The in-water work started July 15th and had to be completed by the 15th of August. The contractor completed the in-water portion of the project on August 10th …. with five days to spare!

A walking trail is being installed on both sides of the river for easier access by the public to the river. A large area owned by Clallam County at the intersection of Ward and Woodcock roads is being filled, graded, and will enlarge parking along the bridge for those who want to cool off in the river on those hot summer days.

Next week the grinding of the entire bridge deck, the forming of the eastern concrete approach, and the eventual paving of the entire bridge will bring this bridge back to its original condition and will be good for another 40 or 50 years. Hopefully by early October the bridge will once again be open to traffic.

Below are some of the images shot while documenting this bridge repair.

All the work areas had to be swept for fish prior to the repair on each pier. Over 500 young salmon, trout, lampreys, and bullheads were removed or herded from the work areas to safety along the river bank.

Forming concrete approach at west end of bridge.
Excavators working on Pier D to uncover cracks in concrete and reinforce with heavy rock.
County habitat biologists seining work area for fish, prior to repair.
Habitat biologists electro-stunning fish to remove them from work area.
Diversion of main channel for work on Pier C.
Bridge worker cleaning pier prior to inserting with epoxy and cement.
Using plastic, four large water pumps, and super sacks, the contractor kept the Dungeness out of the work area at Pier C.
Super sacks removed from river after in-water repair work is finished on August 10th.

Draper Road Ranch

I had an opportunity to create a real estate video for a client on Draper road, near Port Angeles this last week. This was a very unique 5-acre property at the base of the Olympic mountains.

It has a lot going for it: Mountain view, large modern 4 bedroom, two and half bath home, with a fully furnished 750 sq. ft. guest, rental, or bed and breakfast income producing property next door.

A very large 100 x 60 foot arena or barn, stable and corral, with all five acres fenced and cross-fenced, making for a horse lovers paradise with plenty of trails to ride around the property.

Thank you Kathy for choosing Spirit Vision Films to highlight your beautiful property!

Rayonier Drone pilot program

Spirit Vision Films produces various videos and films, but occasionally is asked to assist in different aspects of our trade, including providing footage, editing, or doing interviews.

In this case, Rayonier the national timber company, hired Spirit Vision Films to conduct an interview with a Forks based forester who is also working with drones to help him with his work.

Kyle and Chris of 20twentycreative, based in Florida, had already interviewed their east coast pilots and needed this interview with some B roll to complete their production on Rayonier’s drone pilots.

Below is the video they produced and the interview of Neris Biciunas of Forks was included. The article featured in Forestry is also provided. Good reading!~

Good on you Rayonier! Using drones in your forestry work shows forward thinking and will pay off in safety and reduced hours needed in getting into those hard to reach areas!

Flying Foresters: Meet Rayonier’s Drone Pilots

featured in Forestry

For years, Resource Land Manager II Neris Biciunas puzzled over how to get rid of an invasive plant that was harming trees on Rayonier’s Washington land. Called Scotch Broom, it is difficult to spot and nearly invisible from the air, except for a small window of time each year when it blooms with bright yellow flowers. 

Then Neris, who’s based in Forks, Washington, became one of Rayonier’s drone pilots. He flew his drone as soon as the Scotch Broom plants bloomed, collecting aerial photos so he could develop a precise map of the plant locations across miles of forestland. Once the plants were located, his team was able to develop a treatment plan to get rid of them.

There are countless success stories like this that show how drone flights are impacting Rayonier for the better. They’re used to take a quick initial look at a stand of trees, to monitor a contractor’s work, to more safely assess the devastation during and after a forest fire, and even to create 3-D images. 

After a preliminary “pilot” team tested how the company could use drones in 2017, Rayonier saw the potential and launched the program nationwide, encouraging at least one forester in every U.S. location to get their FAA drone pilot’s license. 

A New Perspective

“A drone allows us to see something we wouldn’t have been able to see any other way. It’s a tool that gives us a whole new perspective,” says Technical Analyst II Sara Bellchamber, a self-described gamer who organized the program.

Based in Wildlight, Florida, Sara says one way she uses her drone is to help Rayonier’s land resources team measure the depth of fill dirt pits using a program called Drone Deploy. The software uses images taken in a grid pattern and stitches them together into a 3-D image.

Sara says she has seen drones save costs, increase safety and save time throughout Rayonier’s ownership. In the South, for example, they minimize the gap in time between the harvest of a forest and the preparation of that forest for replanting during Florida’s hot summers.

“After a harvest, you’d normally have to fly a plane to estimate what it will take to prep the site [for replanting],” she explains. “In high summer, there’s a haze in the sky and planes can’t take clear photos through it. But drones can fly below the haze, getting us the imagery we need much sooner.”

While planes are still the preferred option for imagery collection, work doesn’t have to grind to a halt if a plane is not an option.

Working with Drones in the Forest

Blake McMichael and Dan Hildebrand, both Resource Land Manager IIs based in Jesup, Georgia, use their drones when they’re in the field assessing forests.

“One of the best uses I’ve found is for site-specific management,” says Blake. “It helps me delineate where treatments are needed and where they’re not. It’s not replacing boots on the ground, it’s giving us a birds-eye view we’ve never had before.”

For Dan, who’s been a Rayonier forester for more than 30 years, his drone eliminates hours of work tromping through the forest to locate pre-commercial thinning candidates, trees with flaws such as forking that should be removed to make room for the optimal trees to grow.

When he first became a forester, “it used to be all boots on the ground,” Dan says. “But I’ve always been open to new possibilities.”

In hazardous conditions such as difficult terrain, drones can make a task much safer. Neris, the forester in Forks, used his drone to save himself from a long, cold walk to determine whether snowy roads would be drivable or not after a heavy snowstorm (they weren’t). 

“It took me 10 minutes to do with a drone what would have taken me 2 hours to do on foot,” Neris says.

Using Drones to Prepare for the Future

The drone pilots share files and tips with each other and come together for a regular cross-country phone call, hearing new ways fellow foresters have discovered to use their drones in the field and helping each other expand their skills. The team is continuously trying to prepare for what’s next: several of the pilots are even part of a Rayonier “super users group” tasked with staying on top of any future technological advances that could benefit the company.

Neris gives Rayonier leadership credit for supporting the program from the start.

“They were receptive, asked hard questions, listened thoughtfully, and let us check it out,” he says. 

The result is a program that not only benefits Rayonier now (one forester said the information gleaned in a single flight saved more money than the cost of his drone), but it’s also positioning Rayonier for the future.

“Having a team of drone pilots, the infrastructure for the program, the experience and understanding how to use the data we’re collecting puts us in a very strong position for when the next development rolls along,” Neris says. “We’ll be ready.”