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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment

This month’s comment reflects on a few days during September with a group of Kiwi forest owners and wood processors attending the 8th Global Wood Conference in Chongqing as well as meetings with China Forestry Group, NZTE and the newly reconfigured State Forestry and Grassland Administration in Beijing.

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Log Market - October

At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for unpruned sawlogs delivered to ports around New Zealand in October increased by $6 to $7 per JASm3 depending upon location, log grade, and log length.

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Quick Six - October

Following are our six topics of recent forestry related news items that we have chosen to share with you for this month. We hope you find them informative, educational and enlightening.

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Bio-oil Trial

Over the past year PF Olsen have been running a bio-oil trial with 10 crews located around New Zealand.

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Contractor Social Wellbeing Survey

As part of its environmental certification obligations, PF Olsen continues to periodically survey the contractor workforce. The purpose is to provide information which can be used to manage any issues raised and assists with the objective of an involved, motivated and safe workforce.

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Clarky's Comment

It bothers me that not many of our young school leavers know much about the forestry industry. Reliance on tabloid-style media and 30-second TV sound bites reporting negative stories about our industry is hardly the way to learn about forestry career opportunities.

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Log Market - September

At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for unpruned sawlogs delivered to ports around New Zealand in September increased by $4 to $6 per JASm3 depending upon location and grade.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

The 2015 ETS review was concluded in mid 2017 with clear calls to strengthen the scheme and improve its stability and predictability. Further consultation is now underway on an improved framework for the ETS and a better ETS for forestry.

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Quick Six - September

Following are our six topics of recent forestry related news items that we have chosen to share with you for this month. We hope you find them informative, educational and enlightening.

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Erosion-Prone Land Workshop

Climate change is causing an increased frequency of more intense storm events and greater effort must be taken to reduce the risk of woody material moving downstream on to neighbouring land.

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Log Market - August

The dramatic drop in August At-Wharf-Gate (AWG) prices for logs delivered to ports around New Zealand is the main talking point in the current market. The predominant reason for this drop in AWG prices has been the depreciation of the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) against the US Dollar (USD).

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Quick Six - August

Following are our six topics of recent forestry related news items that we have chosen to share with you for this month. We hope you find them informative, educational and enlightening.

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