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Wood Matters

Log Market - April

Export prices declined by an average of $1 per JASm3 over the country. We have seen some spot increases, but this is more a reflection of exporters chasing volume for ships or looking to secure a supply chain at a port.

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Good times for forestry

In two informative sector features, the ANZ reports on heightened forest harvesting activity and improved forecast financial returns for forestry investment.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

After a relatively smooth start to March, NZU prices dropped relatively sharply mid-month, losing approximately $0.50 in the space of a week to bottom at $17.00. Price recovered somewhat to end March at $17.15, and have continued to rally through the start of April, with prices shown at around $17.60 as at 7th April.

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Reducing sediment inputs to streams from roads and skid trails

Properly-located landings, access roads, and skid trails are essential components of safe and productive forest harvesting operations. While we cannot expect to eliminate surface erosion and sediment delivery, the quantity of sediment that reaches streams can be managed through road location planning and provisioning of streamside management zones.

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Crew leadership development

PF Olsen has recently commenced another initiative to assist our valued contractors. The Certificate in Leadership training has been specifically designed to upskill our contractor foremen to better understand what is required of their role in the current industry environment.

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Clarky's Comment - March

All primary sectors in New Zealand have identified skills shortages in recent years. Most have done something about it. The forestry sector must too.

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Log Market - March

There is strong demand for quality pruned logs and larger saw logs of A (30cm small end diameter) and AO.

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Rural Fire Research

Twenty five years ago rural fire research commenced in New Zealand, a recent two day conference looked at what the next twenty five years might bring.

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New staff

Recruitment has continued in full swing as the business expands to meet the industry growth. We welcome a number of valued new staff to the Rotorua, Nelson and West Coast branches.

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Clarky's Comment - February

How well are the SMEs, that form the backbone of the NZ economy, doing in upskilling their labour force in the new Safety at Work Act and safety leadership?

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Log Market - February

The domestic log market continues to have strong and consistent demand for all grades of logs from pruned to round-wood. There are still some regional shortages in quality structural and pruned logs. Whilst some sawmills have noticed demand tailing off from the Christchurch rebuild this has been replaced by the construction boom in Auckland.

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Scion - Log Price Outlook

Log price outlooks carried out over the past year show a consistent optimism in pruned log price expectations, but none of those expectations have been met.

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