Lightfoot Video Clips

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Project/Client:  Manzanita Brush Mowing, Applegate Fire District
Location:  near Medford, Oregon
Scope: Working within the Wildland Urban Interface near Medford, Oregon, IRM was hired to provide brushmowing using their LightfootTM machine, mounted with the Fecon Bullhog®.  LightfootTM was used to mow and masticate over 200 acres of manzanita chaparral.  The manzanita was often over 10′ tall and covered over 95% of terrain.  LightfootTM successfully removed manzanita to reduce high risk fuels, open the area for native planting to restore it as a pine-oak savanna habitat.

Project/Client: Lightfoot Brush Mowing overgrown Scot’s broom, Applegate Fire District
Location: near Sutherlin, Oregon
Scope:  Working within the Wildland Urban Interface near Sutherlin, Oregon, IRM was hired to reclaim a 35 acre pasture which had been invaded by scot’s broom.  The LightfootTM was mounted with the Fecon Bullhog® and was used to brush move scot’s broom that was over 10′ tall and covered over 95% of the field.  Subsequent treatment will involve the application of Garlon 3A to treat the stumps and eradicate the weed.  Due to its low ground pressure and minimal disturbance characteristics (as a result of its rubber tracks), the seed bank of scotch broom was not disturbed, and virtually no germination of seed has occurred in the field.

Project/Client: Lightfoot Brush Mowing overgrown gorse, Applegate Fire District
Location: near Sutherlin, Oregon
Scope:  Working within the Wildland Urban Interface near Sutherlin, Oregon, IRM was hired to remove over 20 acres of gorse, scot’s broom, french broom and himalayan blackberry.  LightfootTM was mounted with the Fecon Bullhog® and was used to mow and masticate  the dense thicket of invasives.  The stumps of the weeds were immediately sprayed with Garlon 3A to minimize re-sprouting.  Due to its low ground pressure and minimal disturbance characteristics (as a result of its rubber tracks), the seed bank of brooms was not disturbed, and virtually no germination of seed has occurred since mowing.

Project/Client: Lightfoot Piling dense Ponderosa pine with Grapple, Applegate Fire District
Location: near Sutherlin, Oregon
Scope: IRM was hired to build burn piles as part of a shaded fuel break operation in northern New Mexico.  Due to its quick speed and agility, the LightfootTM can cost effectively build burn piles more efficiently than bulldozers, with virtually no soil compaction or displacement.  The video below photo show the LightfootTM mounted with the DymaxTM Brush Rake,

Project/Client: Lightfoot shearing large Ponderosa pine/Desc
Location: New Mexico
Scope: IRM was hired to shear, fell and pile large diameterponerosa pine on a shaded fuel break project in New Mexico.   IRM’s LightfootTM was fitted with the DymaxTM 14″ tree shear The trees were dumped into piles for later burning.  The LightfootTM can handle trees up to 80′ tall and 14″ on the stump.  The shear has an accumulator, which allows multiple smaller diameter trees to be sheared and bunched before the “turn” is released.

Project/Client: Lightfoot Shearing small oaks, Finely WIldlife Refuge
Location: near Corvallis, OR
Scope:  IRM was hired to remove small diameter oaks from the understory of several large savanna oaks, to reduce ladder fuels and allow for under burning in the future.  The trees were dumped into piles for later burning.   The LightfootTM was fitted with DymaxTM 14″ tree shear, felling, and bunching small diameter oak trees on the Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis, Oregon.  The shear has an accumulator, which allows multiple smaller diameter trees to be sheared and bunched before the “turn” is released.  The LightfootTM can shear trees within two inches of ground level, thereby allowing for subsequent “rough mowing” with a farm tractor, in the future.  The video below is a close up of LightfootTM shearing and bunching young oaks.
 
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