As operations manager of Bridgewater Logging, Matt Cron has run every piece of logging machinery there is. Yet operating the new machine the company acquired in November 2018 makes him nervous — even though it’s small enough to fit comfortably in the backseat of Matt’s pickup. Just as the processor was a game-changer for the industry, a drone has proven to be a game-changer for Bridgewater Logging.

Making an Investment

Matt credits his Uncle George, president of Bridgewater Logging, for suggesting they invest in a drone (also known as unmanned aircraft system or UAS). George heard through word-of-mouth about drones being used on logging operations. Matt contacted Mark Standley, owner of Oregon-based Pacific UAV Technology, to learn more. Pacific UAV is currently the only company in the Pacific Northwest creating a drone package for logging companies.

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