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Wood Matters

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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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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