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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - August 2011

In response to both the Emissions Trading Scheme and evidence of increasing demand for sustainably sourced construction lumber, PF Olsen is anticipating that the rate of new planting in New Zealand will expand in 2012 and beyond.

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Carbon Update

NZUs continue their dramatic fall trading mid $15 Monday last week and slipping to below $14 on Friday. NZUs were trading around $16.50 this time last month.

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Leasing land for carbon forestry

PF Olsen has been approached by Matthew Walsh and Andy Martin of NZ Carbon Farming Limited asking if we can assist them locating land eligible as post-1989 forest land, that they could lease for carbon forestry.

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Log Market - August 2011

It's been a tumultuous few weeks in global financial markets with the theatrics of US politics displaying to the world that US leaders are prepared to play chicken with their sovereign debt risk for self-serving political gain.

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Log Market - July 2011

Export log prices dropped a further NZ$20-25 in July after similar price falls in June. Domestic log prices were slightly down with some increases and some decreases depending on grade and location.

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Testing Times for Carbon Market

Several developments in Europe resulted in a rapid and large drop in the price of carbon on the European Union emissions trading market in June. Some commentators are calling this the biggest test for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme since its inception.

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Nikau Forest Developments Benefits from being Harvest-Ready

Nikau Forest Developments Limited owned 38ha of 33 year old radiata pine located in the Marlborough Sounds. Well in advance of harvesting they obtained the necessary resource consents, had a harvest plan, and had built a log marshalling site and barge ramp to facilitate harvest operations.

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Clarky's Comment - June 2011

This month I want to comment on labour supply for planting. Each year we cope with about 40,000 ha of replanting nationally without too much difficulty.

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