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Another addition to the PF Olsen FSC Group Scheme

In a further evolution of the development of PF Olsen’s FSC Group Scheme, another significant forest estate belonging to China Forest Group Company (CFGC) was entered onto the FSC Register at the start of November. CFGC already had a significant estate of 9,500 hectares certified in Northland and this latest group of forests of 5,700ha completed the certification of their Southern North Island forests as well as the milestone of being well over half way toward the completion of certification of all their forests the remainder of which are progressing through the process now.

The Certification of this group of forests also brings new milestones with one of the forests in the Group, Te Wera Forest, becoming the first FSC Certified Forest in the Taranaki Region. The certification of Te Wera will provide a long-awaited opportunity for local wood processing company Taranakipine as for the first time the mill (located in New Plymouth) will be able to source locally supplied FSC certified logs.  Manager for Taranakipine, Tom Boon, confirmed that having locally sourced FSC certified logs is strategically important to the company, as Taranakipine looks to increase their sales of finished engineered wood products, both domestically and offshore.

Environment Manager for PF Olsen, Kit Richards who oversees the certification programme, said that the group of forests, aside from the operational aspects of increasing the spread and presence of FSC log supply in the lower and western North Island also provided some very interesting contrasts in terrains, geology and ecosystems. In addition to the forests' productive land, there are around 2,500 ha of protected ecosystems, ranging from large tall forest tracts to some of Taranaki’s most significant and extensive wetlands, as well as formidable pest (goat) control requirements. These sites have all been extensively surveyed by leading NZ environmental services company Wildlands, and PF Olsen is currently using those surveys to help inform future management and protection priorities, with help and support from Taranaki Regional Council and local Department of Conservation staff.

The certification of this forest group also came concurrently with the certification of another smaller independent forest block close to Wellington and on the basis of geographical efficiency it was good to see certification starting to fill “gaps in the map” said Mr Richards.

Te Wera Forest – The first FSC Certified Forest in Taranaki