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Wood Matters

Kauri dieback

Programmes and public awareness of this disease threatening our iconic Kauri tree is gaining momentum.

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The challenges of expanding wood processing in New Zealand

Most agree that more domestic processing of our forest produce in New Zealand would be a good thing. It is also essential if we are to achieve the Woodco mission to achieve export revenue of $22 billion by 2022. What is less clear, and where there are many divergent opinions, is how to go about it.

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CutoverCam zooms in on cable hauler safety

As part of the FFR Steep Slope Harvesting Programme, supported by the government's Primary Growth Partnership, Scion researchers have developed a cutover camera system to improve the safety and productivity of steep country forest harvesting operations.

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Log Market - October 2013

The well-publicised partial US Government shut-down due to stalled talks over lifting the Federal debt ceiling level was having widespread impacts.

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Waiotahi kiwi

Waiotahi forest, located in the Waiotahi Valley southwest of Opotiki, is a known hot spot for the North Island brown kiwi.

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Clarky's Comment - September 2013

It is clear from comments made by Climate Change Minister, Hon Tim Groser, on Radio New Zealand's Rural News programme (19th August) that there remains a lack of understanding about both the level of forestry investment (and divestment) taking place in New Zealand, and the direct link of that to domestic climate change policies.

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Contractors focusing on the future

The Australian Forest Contractors' Association, with support from PF Olsen Australia and a number of other industry players, has been running a series of highly successful seminars around the country focused on the theme "Business is Different Now".

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Log Market - September 2013

The relative stability in the market as reported last month continues, with solid demand and some firming of prices. Harvesting levels around New Zealand are hitting record levels.

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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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