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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - August 2013

My recent trip to China caused me to reflect on some changes that have taken place in the Chinese forestry sector since I was last involved as a consultant 15 years ago, not the least of which was that the smaller town hotel plumbing has gotten a lot more robust than it was back then!

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Successful Felling Along Powerline Corridors

The PF Olsen Viking Timber Management (VTM) team, based in Rotorua, has recently undertaken two significant powerline felling projects of note. These operations had different challenges and constraints, but through a collaborative planning and management approach that involved the harvesting contractor both were completed successfully without incident.

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Why should you plant container grown trees?

Forest owners in many large countries with large commercial estates wised up years ago. Chile, Australia, Sweden and Norway, Indonesia and Malaysia just to name a few have been planting container treestocks for decades.

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Log Market - August 2013

Relative stability has been a theme of the past 18 months of log trading. This has been very welcome in contrast to the damaging volatility of prior periods.

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Hydraulic Quick Change Coupler

Recently a group of New Zealand loggers went to Elmia Wood 2013, the world's largest forestry machinery exposition, held near Jonkoping in southern Sweden from 5-8 June 2013.

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Forestry sector providing solutions

Recently PF Olsen Australia has had the opportunity to discuss with federal politicians and national forestry representative bodies about some of the key emerging issues that we see as requiring attention.

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Managing power line hazards during harvest

It is fair to say that trees and power lines are not particularly compatible. Vegetation, including tree crops, that grow too close to power lines presents a hazard to power lines that can interrupt electricity supply (for example through trees touching or falling on lines).

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Change is Good

No one ever said change is easy, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good thing in the end. PF Olsen Ltd and Waiariki Institute of Technology have seen their partnership evolve over the years not only in the relationships established, but also in regards to their combined focus on safety.

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Log Market - July 2013

In a report released early in June, the Ministry for Primary Industries estimated that log export volumes from New Zealand would be 7 per cent higher in the year ending June 30 than the same period in 2012.

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Clarky's Comment - June 2013, Optimising Land Use in New Zealand

The government is quite rightly focused on materially improving New Zealand's economic performance. Part of the Business Growth Agenda is to move export earnings from 30% to 40% of GDP by 2025. It is now widely recognised that such an ambitious target will not be achieved without material improvements in earnings from our primary, land-based industries.

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Log Market - June 2013

Strong export and domestic demand has underpinned harvesting programmes as we head into more difficult winter harvesting conditions in New Zealand.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme - June 2013

Prices for NZUs have fluctuated between the $1.65 and $2.00 mark in May/ early June and are currently trading at around $1.80 per NZU. The cheaper imported ERUs, which can be used for surrender purposes until 2015, have ascended sharply from a low of $0.13 in May to $0.25 per ERU this week.

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Forestry Share of Primary Growth Partnership

On 10th June 2013 we had the opportunity to profile the FFR programme to improve the productivity and safety of harvesting on steep terrain to a gathering of politicians, officials and business people at the Beehive.

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