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Wood Matters

Log Market - October 2011

October is characterised by a faltering nascent recovery in the export log market and continued difficult trading conditions for domestic log purchasers.

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Clarky's Comment - September 2011

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the commencement of the PF Olsen business. See PF Olsen Celebrates 40 years of Business. I'm reflecting on significant changes in the structure of the forest industry in New Zealand and some future opportunities if we choose to work together to make them happen.

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PF Olsen Celebrates 40 Years of Business

In 1970 when John Spencer built the Caxton Paper Mill, he approached the NZ Forest Service to develop a resource of radiata pine to supply the mill. However, Peter Olsen, the Principal Forester at Kaingaroa at the time, had to tell John that this was beyond the mandate of the Forest Service.

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Log Market - September 2011

Renewed strength in the log export market saw prices rise in September whilst the domestic sector continued to struggle with weak product markets, price discounting and a high exchange rate.

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Carbon and ETS Update - September 2011

NZUs dipped as low as $13.25 in during August and then climbed to $16.20 but have since slipped to around $14.50. Price is being driven by the NZ$ adjusted CER price on the European exchange as CERs can offer a lower price option for New Zealand compliance buyers.

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Pines get unfair rap for early spring hay fever

Eyes itching, feel a sneeze coming on? Remember seeing clouds of pollen floating from nearby pine trees? Many early spring hay fever sufferers join the dots and assume that the forest industry's workhorse, good old Pinus radiata, is to blame for their misery.

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PF Olsen Presenting at Upcoming ForestTECH

ForestTECH has become a regular industry event for the showcasing and transfer of leading-edge technology as applied to forestry. This year PF Olsen is presenting at both events, one in Albury, NSW on 1-2 December and one in Rotorua 6-7 December.

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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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