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Wood Matters

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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Mans' best friend turns her nose to helping koalas

The Green Triangle region of Victoria and South Australia is home to large and expanding populations of koalas. In the last few years, koala populations have expanded beyond their traditional native forest habitats to exploit the substantial feeding resources presented by the hundreds of thousands of hectares of blue gum plantations.

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Log Market - May 2014

April's relatively small reduction in export log prices was followed by much larger reductions in May – some prices down as much as $25/JAS m³. In just two months, export log prices lost 14 months of prior month–on–month gains.

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