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Wood Matters

Safety Profile - Anahera Clair

In a new Wood Matters feature, each month we will profile a person making a big contribution to safety. Anahera was nominated by supervisor Hamish MacPherson. Anahera takes the initiative to look after the safety of the skid-crew.

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Zero Tolerance safety initiative launched

PF Olsen, in collaboration with transport contractor FDL and PF Olsen's newly formed Central Safety Committee launched the new Zero Tolerance project for loader operators and truck drivers this week.

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Political tree-change in Australian sector

The Australian forestry and forest products sector has been a-buzz following the very explicit support offered by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Senator Richard Colbeck in their speeches to the industry gala dinner last week.

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Log Market - February 2014

The start of 2014 has seen a continuation of the trends of the second half of last year – strong demand and increasing prices for export logs and strong demand but mixed trading conditions for domestic processors.

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New people at PF Olsen

Welcome to Tom Otterson who started recently at PF Olsen's Gisborne branch as a Harvest Manager. Chris Perry commenced working as a Graduate Harvest Planner/Roading Supervisor in the Forest Engineering team in Rotorua recently.

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Forest Owner Commodity Levy

From the 1st January 2014, a compulsory Forest Owner Commodity Levy ("Levy") of 27 cents per tonne was introduced on all products sourced from trees in plantation forests in New Zealand.

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Clear as mud

Many of our readers would have noticed a recent article in the New Zealand Herald newspaper titled "Scorched Earth" in which the author, Sam Judd, sought to attribute many of the problems of erosion and sedimentation of New Zealand waterways to the practices of the forest industry and particularly clear cutting of Radiata pine.

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Big changes in R&D management afoot

With the introduction of the new Forest Growing Levy on 1 January 2014 big changes are being made to the way forest growing is funded and organised in New Zealand. The aim is to bring forest growing research under a single management structure to ensure efficient organisation and delivery of research to industry end users.

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Extension of planting window provides benefits for forest owners

Although we are now well into summer, it was only late October that we were shipping the last of our containerised tree stocks to a Dunedin client for the end of its last year's planting programme. This order was a repeat (and expanded order) from the prior year based on not only exceptional tree stock survival rates, but also exceptional early growth rates.

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Log Market - December 2013

As we approach the end of 2013 the improved trading conditions and prospects in many wood products markets provides a basis for optimism in 2014 for forest owners.

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Grapple Head Damage to Sawlogs and its Impact on Processing

Grapple processors are being used extensively in harvesting Radiata pine in NZ. In order to harvest the increasing volumes of trees, harvesting technology that offers higher efficiency and reduces the safety risks to forestry workers will become the norm – grapple processors are in this category.

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Public Perceptions of Forestry Nowhere Near Reality

Recently, the results of a survey on the New Zealand Public's perceptions of the Environment in NZ[1] were published. The survey is a continuation of a programme of surveys conducted by Lincoln University every two years since 2000 and provides some very useful benchmarks of public opinion.

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