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New Website and Wood Matters

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This month Wood Matters launches our new-look Wood Matters and redesigned Website. This is a complete rebuild - new software, new content, new pics. Come take a look!

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Log Market - August

Export log market weakness replaces nascent recovery. Optimism of a continuation of reducing log inventories and firming prices in China has given way to stubbornly high log stocks, price weakness and muted demand.

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Log Price Outlook - August

SCION produced a log price outlook in February and again in May. This outlook was based on a summary of combined views from a range of people inside New Zealand and abroad.

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Radio safety message campaign

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From June to August, PF Olsen is running safety messages on local radio stations to remind forest workers of key safety messages whilst going to work and returning home.

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Helping to get the right equipment for the job

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Innovative equipment matched to site produces optimum harvesting result. In an unusual move, forest manager PF Olsen has stepped in to help one of its contractors with the purchase of a yarder to harvest in woodlots around the central North Island.

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Local community and PF Olsen help injured kea

"The kea population is pretty active at Ligar Bay and quite simply part of the harvesting crew on any given morning," points out Brendan. Working with the KCT, the big take home message for us is that whilst kea seem so abundant and healthy, they are in fact nationally endangered. They're pretty unique birds that are battling and I don’t think NZers understand this".

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PF Olsen assists Waiariki's Forest Management students

On 28 July, PF Olsen hosted James Broady, Waiariki Institute of Technology's Forest Management tutor, and Diploma in Forest Management students on a field trip to Ridge Forest. The purpose of our visit was to look/analyse a contractor’s Health & Safety and Environmental Management Systems.

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Clarky's Comment - July

The COP21 in Paris will be held this year from 30th November to 11th December. The internationally agreed objective of COP21 is to achieve a new international agreement on climate, applicable to all countries, that will keep global warming below 2°C.

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Log Market - July

Export log prices continued to recover in July, increasing around $6/JAS m³. On average domestic pruned log prices increased $3/tonne, structural log prices decreased $1/tonne and pulp log prices were flat.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme - July

The NZU market did not react to the announcement from Climate Change Minister Hon. Tim Groser that the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) target New Zealand will take to Paris is a 30% reduction below 2005 levels by 2030.

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