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Wood Matters

Clarkys Comment - October

Tree felling is a physically demanding task, requiring full concentration and the ability to see everything happening around the site at once, so is it surprising that occasionally things go wrong?

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Log Market - October

Unpruned and pruned export log prices increased $2/JAS m3 and $4/JAS m3 respectively in October. This confirms that pruned export log prices troughed last month having fallen up to $50/JAS m3 in the prior three months. The expectation is a modest continued firming trend in export log prices for the foreseeable future.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

An update on the status of the ETS review was recently released by the Ministry for the Environment. Policy decisions following stage two are expected in mid-2017, and will require further engagement with stakeholders.

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D&A management programme

For PF Olsen doing the ‘right thing’ is paramount and we are committed to the safety of everyone working in our forests and to achieve our goal – Zero – “a workplace that is free from the use of alcohol and other drugs.”

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Update from the Kaharoa Kokako Trust

The forest is full of singing tui, warblers, robins and other bird life and is a great time of year to be in the bush and a clear indication of ongoing success which PF Olsen continue to support as a major sponsor.

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Clarkys Comment - September

Forestry can contribute so much more. Most readers will be aware that the NZ forest industry has for some years been feeling that it has been disadvantaged relative to pastoral farming in respect of the ETS and land use policies and its treatment under the RMA.

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Log Market - September

Unpruned export log prices were flat August to September and pruned export logs fell on average $2/JAS m3. It looks as though pruned export logs have now stabilised after falling more than $50/JAS m3 in the past three months.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

USA and China have ratified the Paris Agreement, together making up around 39% of global emissions. Many other countries were likely awaiting the commitment of the world’s largest emitters before ratifying the Paris Agreement themselves. Further ratifications are expected as the year progresses, including from New Zealand.

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PF Olsen and McKay & Olsen take out Erosion and Sediment Control Award

PF Olsen and logging contractor, McKay & Olsen Ltd, Taupo have recently been awarded “joint winners” of the 2016 Erosion and Sediment Control Award for Forestry from Waikato Regional Council (WRC). The award recognised the effort made to work with Waikato Regional Council during harvesting to avoid accelerated erosion.

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Protecting Access to International Markets

The results of a four year research programme designed to protect and future-proof the forest industry’s access to international log and sawn timber markets were recently presented to industry and government stakeholders.

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Safety Champions – Johnny Albert

A safety induction is an important first-step before visitors come onto any worksite, and it ensures a safe visit. It also tends to be a good gauge of general safety performance at that site.

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