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Wood Matters

Log Market - March

The domestic log market continues to have strong demand for higher value pruned and unpruned logs. Some domestic mills are seeking more pruned logs than available and are having to make do with a proportion of unpruned logs in the meantime. The export log market moved sideways in early March impacted by the Chinese Lunar New Year and Spring Holiday although very favourable ocean freight rates and a weaker Kiwi dollar have supported NZ$ at-wharf-gate prices.

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Full Boar Logging Recognised for Safety Performance

Between squally showers and a stiff southerly in March, Peter Clark, PF Olsen's CEO, recognised Full Boar Logging for three years lost time injury (LTI) free. Dave Docherty, crew principal, received the award on behalf of the Southland crew who are based in Invercargill.

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Clarky's Comment - February

The 2014 NZ forest planting estimates were released by MPI on 4th February. These are based on a comprehensive survey of nursery treestock sales and a survey of large-scale forest owners. The estimate is 3,000 ha of new planting and 43,000 ha of replanting.

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Log Market - February

The New Year has seen steady demand and price for domestic logs and increased demand and price for export logs, especially pruned logs.

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Ridding Mount Tarawera of Wilding Pines

Twenty five PF Olsen staff and family members braved a windy and cold (initially) day in December last year to pull unwanted wilding pines from the slopes of Mount Tarawera. The day was a community service day whereby staff (and family) donate their time and effort for a good community cause or project

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Kiwis prefer pine to pohutukawa

They might be a New Zealand icon but kiwis fail to return the loyalty - they prefer pine plantations to the native forest they inhabit in children's story books.

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Log Market - December 2014

December saw modest increases in unpruned export log prices driven by slightly favourable movements in exchange rate and ocean freight rates.

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