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Wood Matters

Hunt Log Shear

Stephen Hunt from Hunt Contracting is utilising a log shear to remove the roots of wind blown trees.

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Clarky's Comment - August 2014

This month I draw readers' attention to the published findings of the Commerce Commission in a Preliminary Investigation into Eastland Port Ltd's log storage and wharfage charges.

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New Channel to Market opened by PF Olsen Australia

Last week I watched the first train depart Bathurst, in central western NSW, loaded with 42 containers of Radiata pine logs destined for China – the culmination of two year's work to create an alternative market outlet for private forest growers in the region in the absence of significant domestic market options.

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Sponsorship set to continue

PF Olsen has been a strong supporter of the Kaharoa Kokako Trust (KKT) in recent years and has provided valuable sponsorship to the Trust since 2012. KKT is very excited that PF Olsen have just confirmed this sponsorship is set to continue for another 3 years extending the relationship between the two organisations.

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Programme to Make Log Loading Safer

As part of a drive to improve safety outcomes in its business in general, and address unacceptably high levels of injury in the forestry in particular, PF Olsen has developed a range of targeted initiatives. One such initiative is a project called the Zero Tolerance Scheme, aimed at increasing safety of log loading.

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Safety Profile - Ross Carpenter

Ross recently was asked to attend the safety review meeting in Wellington by FOA. He completes all SBO's, audits and he runs Skyline's safety meetings. He is Skyline's safety rep and is at every PF Olsen meeting, asks questions and is not afraid to speak his mind. Ross is an outspoken advocate for safety and a believer in zero harm.

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Woodlot Harvesting Results Exceed Expectations

Graeme Robinson was well rewarded from the harvesting of his 6.5 hectare woodlot at Tangye Road, West Taupo. Being harvest-ready meant Graeme could respond to the strong market earlier this year and achieve a good return.

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Forest carbon lease

Forest owners who own more than 100 hectares of first rotation forest planted since 2008 (or yet to be planted) have an opportunity to obtain an annual income from lending the post-1989 forest land carbon credits to a subsidiary of NZ Forest Leasing Ltd. This company is associated with New Zealand Carbon Farming Ltd.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme - August 2014

Released this month from the NZ Environmental Protection Agency is the 2013 Facts and Figures report summarising actions of the Emissions Trading Scheme for the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013, as well as the longer annual report under section 89 and section 178A of the Climate Change Response Act 2002 for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

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Log Market - August 2014

August has seen a reversal in the dramatic four month slide in export log prices – at-wharf-gate prices were up around $9/JAS m³.

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Log Market - July 2014

The rapid deterioration in the export log market continued in July with export log prices down an average of $12/JAS m³.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme - July 2014

During May and June this year we have seen a flurry of trading activity in the New Zealand ETS on the back of NZU price rises following the tabling of the The Climate Change Response (Unit Restriction) Amendment Bill (as reported in last months edition of Wood Matters). However the market has since settled with very little trading occurring.

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