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Wood Matters

The Emissions Trading Scheme and Forestry - May 2012

NZU prices traded through April in the $7 to $8 range but fell below $7 at the end of the month and are currently trading around $6.20. This decline is a combination of a volatile European market, lack of demand domestically and increased volumes being offered on the market.

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Log Market - May 2012

While financial markets waiver with renewed concerns of Greek and other Euro-members debt, New Zealand log exporters benefit from a falling NZD and brighter prospects in global timber markets.

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NZ Wood Builds Momentum in Wood Promotion Campaign

You may have seen the reappearance of the NZ Wood advertisements on TV recently with the key theme of wood's performance and environmental credentials (see NZWood Story). This is probably the most publically profiled component of what is a much broader and strategically focused campaign.

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Clarky's Comment - April 2012

The New Zealand Forestry Science and Innovation Plan - January 2012 (S&I Plan) is one of a series of industry initiatives within a broader New Zealand Forest and Wood Products Industry Strategic Action Plan.

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New Staff - April 2012

Following a number of years practical forestry experience in the Nelson region, Ben Friend completed his Bachelor Forestry Science and Commerce in 2010.

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Log Market - April 2012

Despite export log prices being well off their highs of last year, and A grade being below $100/JAS m³ for several months now, many New Zealand ports and port service providers are reporting record-high log volumes.

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An Holistic Approach to Erosion and Land Management

Future Forests Research Ltd (FFR) recently organised a very topical workshop in Gisborne on the subject of erosion on steep lands. Attendance drew from a wide range of invitees including central government agencies, local government, several Crown Research Institutes, Federated Farmers, forestry companies and Environmental Groups.

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Drug and Alcohol Programmes making Forestry Work Sites Safer

In 2002, the Health and Safety in Employment (HSE) Amendment Act added impetus to urgency by clearly showing that '…a situation where a person's behaviour may be an actual or potential cause or source of harm to the person or another person; … resulting from … drugs, alcohol…' is a hazard that must be managed by employers.

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Clarky's Comment - March 2012, Forest Grower Commodity Levy

PF Olsen Ltd strongly supports the introduction of a levy on logs harvested to fund pan-industry good activities. While the NZFOA and Farm Forestry Association voluntary funded activities have served the industry well in the past, some changes taking place now suggest that may not be a sustainable model into the future.

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Log Market - March 2012

A sizeable and abrupt price drop in March is being seen by some as an early start of typical seasonal (winter) weakness in the export log market.

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Carbon Forestry

NZU price was relatively stable in February trading around $8 for the whole month but has fallen to below $7 this week.

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