Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - August 2012, Project Softpower

An initiative of Taupo District Council (TDC) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) to engage with elements of the Chinese government to establish a new large-scale wood processing facility near Taupo is getting the attention of Central North Island (CNI) forest owners. PF Olsen, along with other forest managers and owners of CNI forests applauds this initiative.


Emissions Trading Scheme - August 2012

NZUs continue their downward trend trading in the $4.70 to $5.70 range, currently at around $4.70. The much talked about temporary set-aside of carbon to curb oversupply in Europe is facing internal opposition and this caused the carbon price to collapse due to the uncertainty it created in the market.


Log Market - August 2012

Another month of steady pricing in both export and domestic markets for unpruned grades and continued increases in pruned log price and demand.


Log Market - July 2012

Relatively steady pricing and demand in most log grades with the exception of pruned logs which are in short supply. The strong lift in price of export pruned logs last month was reflected in price increases in domestic pruned logs in July.


Carbon Forestry

NZU prices were relatively stable through May trading in the $5.90 to $6.30 range and currently trading around $6.20. There was very little reported activity leading up to the 31 May, being the final date for emitters to surrender units for their 2011 emissions.


Log Market - June 2012

The export log market continued to post price increases, predominantly exchange rate driven and, sadly, a major domestic sawmill in the North Island, Ahead Lumber (near Pokeno), goes into receivership.


Wetland in Production Forests

Wetlands are one of the rarest ecosystem groups in New Zealand. They were disproportionately affected by clearance for agricultural production, being common on fertile lowland valley floors and plains.


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