January 22, 2019
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The woods are where he wants to be

Brian Swartz | BDN
Brian Swartz | BDN
Adam Peters of Lee has worked 12 years for Chester-based Treeline Inc. At a harvest site in Orneville, he used a 2003 Serco 270 log loader to load tree-length logs onto truck trailers.

Twelve years after joining Treeline Inc. as an equipment operator, Adam Peters of Lee looks forward to working in the woods every day.

“My alarm is set for 2:40 a.m.,” he says during a break from operating a 2003 Serco 270 load loader mounted on a Ford L8000 truck. The Serco, which “we just call a ‘crane,’” was placed atop the Ford this past spring.

“We get here at 4 [a.m.], and we finish at 4 [p.m.],” Peters says. Like other Maine loggers, he works in all types of weather. Peters operates “mostly [the] crane, but I’ve been in the grapple skidder. I drive [a] truck some.”

The Ford/Serco combination includes a rotating saw, also known as a “slasher,” that Peters may use to cut tree-length logs to specific lengths. Late September finds him working on a 100-acre harvest site near Boyd Lake in Orneville; the logs are being shipped primarily intact, so “on this job here there isn’t much slashing,” says Peters, who graduated from Lee Academy.

At other times he slashes logs before loading them into an empty log trailer. “We do a lot of work for American Forest Management, sawing a lot of 8-foot [pulpwood] for the Jay mill” owned by Verso Paper, he says.

Peter and his family “live on a lake” in Lee, and he likes to “spend time with the family. We go fishing quite often.” He takes his family “camping to Bar Harbor a couple times of year” and to Greenland Cove Campground on East Grand Lake in Danforth.

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