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Wood Matters

Clarky's Comment - May 2011

The storms that swept the North Island on 27th April caused extensive damage to both forests and farmland. Windthrow in forests just north of Taupo is being harvested now.

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Supporting Eucalyptus fastigata

The potential rewards of growing eucalypts in New Zealand have captivated many foresters over the years resulting in a range of species being planted over thousands of hectares. However, with the benefit of hindsight, it's fair to say that the genus has not lived up to expectations yet.

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Log Market - May 2011

Harvesting levels remain generally high across the country with increased activity in areas such as the central north island where large areas of wind-blown trees from the storms in April are quickly being salvaged to recover as much value prior to fungal deterioration in the wet conditions.

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The "Harvest Ready" Message Affirmed

About five years ago Evan attended a forestry conference at the Mission Estate hosted by PF Olsen. This was informing farmers and landowners with farm forestry the requirements to be harvest ready and the planning involved.

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Future Forests Research Update: Forecaster

The Forecaster modelling framework has been developed by Future Forests Research (FFR) to deploy science outputs in a form that is usable for forest growers. The tool will allow the planner to model the interactions of genetics, site and management practices on grade outturn (m3/ha) at specified rotation lengths.

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Wooden Buildings Can Safely Reach for the Sky

Last month Jim Anderton (MP for Wigram and Leader of the Progressive Party) spoke out about the opportunity for wood to provide a safe, ecologically sound and cost-effective building material to rebuild Christchurch city, see "The Press".

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Field Measurement Approach Approved by MAF for Carbon Measurement

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), in its latest Sustainable Forestry Bulletin Sustainable Forestry Bulletin 25 MAF Publication database announced that Cabinet has approved the drafting of the regulations for the Field Measurement Approach (FMA) for assessing carbon stocks in post-1989 forest.

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Carbon Market/Carbon Forestry Update

March was an intriguing month on the carbon market with the NZU price showing increased volatility. Within a week the price increased to the late $20s on the back of the Japan earthquake and fears of what a world without nuclear power would look like in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions.

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Log Market - April 2011

The strong timber market has resulted in a 19.5% increase in total New Zealand roundwood removals in 2010 to an estimated 24.8 million m³. This was due to high volumes of log exports which were up 23.4 % to 10.9 million m³.

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Clarky's Comment - March 2011

After a couple of days visiting logging crews in the Marlborough Sounds my comment this month is around the opportunity now open to the owners of some of New Zealand's most remote and difficult harvesting forests.

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