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Trials to demonstrate superior growth of containerised tree stocks

As well as readying itself to commence packaging and delivery of its containerised tree stocks to customers across New Zealand for planting out this winter, PF Olsen Nursery is also establishing a series of field trials on a range of selected sites. The objective of these field trials is two-fold.

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Clarky's Comment - June 2014, Safety and Log Prices

This month I have two significant events to comment on. The Independent Forestry Safety Review (IFRS) panel has released its initial report for public consultation, and we have witnessed a massive decline in export log prices, arising from oversupply to China.

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Log Market - June 2014

June saw another significant fall in export logs prices. This downturn, which is more severe than initially expected, is having a big impact on forest harvesting.

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Principal's Health and Safety Obligations

With more focus recently on responsibilities around health and safety in forest operations, PF Olsen recently wrote to its clients. The purpose of the letter was to inform forest owners of their obligations (as Principals) with respect to health and safety.

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Safety Profile - Beaudine Harris

Beaudine Harris was nominated for his excellent attitude towards health and safety. He has very good understanding of the requirements for safe work in the tasks he undertakes and consistently demonstrates this understanding every day.

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Mans' best friend turns her nose to helping koalas

The Green Triangle region of Victoria and South Australia is home to large and expanding populations of koalas. In the last few years, koala populations have expanded beyond their traditional native forest habitats to exploit the substantial feeding resources presented by the hundreds of thousands of hectares of blue gum plantations.

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Log Market - May 2014

April's relatively small reduction in export log prices was followed by much larger reductions in May – some prices down as much as $25/JAS m³. In just two months, export log prices lost 14 months of prior month–on–month gains.

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Relatively strong log market in past four years, but still net deforestation

PF Olsen is seeing many examples of blocks of forest land being harvested and not replanted. There are also many areas in New Zealand where widespread soil erosion could be mitigated, and/or catchment water quality could be improved with forest cover. This, along with increased conversion of forest to dairy land use, means New Zealand's plantation forest area is in decline.

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PF Olsen Welcomes New Team Members

Aaron Bashnick joined PF Olsen's Gisborne team as a harvest supervisor on 28 April. Campbell Harvey has rejoined PF Olsen's Christchurch team after a brief OE in the southwest U.S. Gavin Hurford commenced with PF Olsen (Greymouth) on 5th May after returning to New Zealand from North Queensland where he worked for Elders Forestry managing its high-value tropical timber estate. Michael Smith started with PF Olsen on 12 May as the Logistic Coordinator, based in Rotorua.

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Achieving national consistency for forestry regulation under the RMA

Many involved in the forest industry will be acutely aware of the difficulties in keeping abreast of constant plan changes as they affect forestry operations under the RMA. A multi-stakeholder group, of which PF Olsen is a participating member, has been convened by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to try and achieve a rationalisation of rules affecting forestry under the RMA.

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Safety Profile - Andrew Jensen

Andrew was nominated by Supervisor Brett Vincent, for taking ownership of the safety for crew 97. Apart from his regular work duties, Andrew runs the morning tailgate safety meetings and coordinates the Safe Behaviour Observations (audits).

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Clarky's Comment - April 2014

I have been building a deck of Radiata pine during the past few weekends. Although there is nothing newsworthy about that, it has reminded me of what every NZ builder is acutely aware – the variability of dressed Radiata pine in both dimension and stability.

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