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Wood Matters

Economic impacts of forestry

Forestry and farming are not mutually exclusive land uses at the strategic level and New Zealand needs both functioning in their place to improve economic resilience and biodiversity.

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Log Market – August

Domestic demand for logs and sawn timber remains strong while the longer-term forecasts are uncertain. New Zealand sawmillers are “cautiously optimistic” about the future.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

After seeing NZU prices fall by almost a dollar in early July on the back of Tiwai Point’s news of an intended closure, prices have rallied again, with prices recovering to a new high of $34.15 in recent days.

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Extreme fire research

Scion’s Rural Fire Group carried out a number of experimental burns in wheat stubble paddocks in 2019, and a major activity this year was organising a series of controlled fires in the Rakaia Gorge involving highly flammable gorse vegetation.

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Log Market - July

Domestic demand for logs remains steady. Most New Zealand log processors report domestic sales either at or above the same time last year, and they could sell more product if they could produce it.

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Log Market - June

Domestic demand for logs is steady. New Zealand log processors report domestic sales either at or above the same time last year. However, most log processors expect a drop in demand in Quarter 4.

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2020 Planting Season

The 2020 planting season is in full swing after a few setbacks from drought and Covid-19 lockdown. PF Olsen will this year establish over 16,000 hectares spread around the country.

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Log Market - May

The At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices paid by log exporters in May increased 50-56 NZD per JASm3 from the prices received by forest owners in March prior to the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

At the start of May, the Environment Select Committee reported back on proposed changes to the Climate Change Response Act 2002. The committees report proposes numerous amendments and totals almost 400 pages.

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