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New Tools Help Manage Rivers in Forests

Staying connected with science developments often provides opportunities to innovate in ways not first envisaged by those who initiated the science. In one recent example, work undertaken by NIWA to develop a Rivers Environments Classification (REC) has been applied by PF Olsen to help manage rivers and streams in the forests it manages.

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Patricia Towersey

Pat started working for PF Olsen in May 1976 and after 36 years of truly dedicated service was forced to retire due to illness at the beginning of May this year. Pat's retirement unfortunately was all too brief and she passed away at the beginning of September.

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The View from Australia – Changes and Challenges

As the lenders start the slow process of unwinding another large forestry company (Gunns), it is natural that industry players start to dissect the issues around this latest collapse and think to the future, albeit with concern for the many individuals and companies that face a long and uncertain wait to find out their futures.

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Why is housing so expensive in New Zealand?

For the many home owners in New Zealand high house prices offer increased wealth and the ability to refinance and consume more. Most would acknowledge, however, that excessively high house prices have many unfavourable impacts on society and the economy

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Tall Wooden Buildings

Multi-story buildings have traditionally been the preserve of the modern building materials concrete and steel. Sky scrapers developed from the ability to erect a steel framework from which curtain walls are suspended, rather than load-bearing walls of conventional construction modern building materials.

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Log Market - October 2012

This month has seen some big announcements relating to wood biomass for energy. This confirms the increasing role of wood pellets on the global energy market.

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Emissions Trading Scheme Update - October 2012

In the last month NZUs continued their downward trend trading in the $2.80 to $4.00 range, currently at around $3.00. The continued slump in prices has been driven by forecasts of increased supply of UN offsets (CERs and ERUs) which exceed forecast demand levels.

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Introduction

Wood Matters is getting into the groove of spring growth, and is having a "Birthday"!

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Clarky's Comment - September 2012, Back to Basics

The NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was originally conceived as New Zealand's primary tool to help transition our national economy to become less reliant on fossil fuel consumption, and as a result more internationally competitive and resilient.

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Far North fairer rating system seems everything but

In May 2012 the Far North District Council (FNDC) published its draft Long Term Plan (2012-22) which was described as a "blueprint for a fairer rating system". The reason for it being called a "fairer rating system" was that it introduced the user pays principle, or in other words, a targeted rate.

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New Advances in Forest Measurement

Traditionally forestry companies, councils and engineers have used LiDAR to produce digital terrain maps (very high quality contour maps) for use in a range of harvest planning, engineering and roading applications.

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