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Wood Matters

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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Forest Owner Commodity Levy

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

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Clarky's Comment - November 2013

With the Ministry for the Environment release earlier this month of the Discussion Document on the Proposed amendments to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2011 it is timely to reflect on what fresh water quality means to New Zealand's economic well-being and the role of commercial forests in that.

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Update on PF Olsen

With many changes happening in the New Zealand forestry sector some people have been asking what's happening at PF Olsen. With so much happening, where do we start…? Here's a brief update on the key goings-on.

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Log Market - November 2013

Improving demand for Australasian construction materials is supporting demand for structural logs by domestic log processors. Tachikawa hit the headlines late last month (for the wrong reasons) as its business went into receivership leaving around 120 staff facing an uncertain future.

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Improving the ecosystem for Kokako habitat

The Kaharoa Kokako Trust has been successfully working to save a population of kokako in 700 odd hectares of native forest since 1997. Pine plantations managed by PF Olsen are adjacent to the area so the Trust was delighted when contacted by Sally Haddon, Environmental forester at PF Olsen, with an offer of assistance.

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Wind damage research

There has been a wind damage research programme at Scion for over 30 years. There was a lot of activity in this area following Cyclones Bola and Bernie in the 1980s.

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