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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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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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