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Wood Matters

Harvesting Short-Rotation Hardwoods

Since 1997 PF Olsen in Northland has been involved in establishing, managing and harvesting Acacia mearnsii (black wattle) and Acacia dealbata (silver wattle) on behalf of a Japanese-owned NZ-based company, NZ Plantation Forest Company Ltd.

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Log Market - June 2009

The domestic market is steady in its somewhat fragile state. Supply and demand for logs is more or less in balance at relatively low volumes as mills continue to adjust production to avoid large increases in inventory of finished product. The recent rises in the NZ$ will be further ill-affecting viability.

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Safer and "Greener" Biosecurity Treatment of Export Logs

Methyl bromide (MB) is a gas used by many countries, including New Zealand, for the phytosanitary treatment of export logs. MB is colourless, odourless and highly toxic to insects (but also animals if in high concentrations) and is a very effective fumigant. However, it is also an ozone depleting gas which has led to it being banned internationally for all but quarantine applications.

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Strong Interest at Mystery Creek

Cold and wet conditions didn't deter large numbers of people attending the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek in mid-June near Hamilton. PF Olsen exhibited a stand in the Premier Feature (main) Pavilion.

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Update on Kokako Programme

We had some very positive feedback on our Kaharoa kokako piece featured in Wood Matter Issue 1 - Kokako Programme Achieves Milestone. This project seems to have captured the imagination and passion of a number of readers, some of whom are interested in replicating the model.

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Harvesting Strong in Mid-North

At the start of 2009 PF Olsen warned all their contractors supplying engineering, harvesting and trucking services that harvesting activity could be very subdued in the coming year.

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Northland Region Success Stories

The Henley forest is 5 hectares comprising 3 stands of 19 to 26 year old partly-pruned forest on Gammons Road near Kaikohe. Malcolm Henley wanted to get the best returns from his forest, but wasn't sure how to go about it.

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Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) Update

Regional Councils are now beginning to offer funding under the AGS. In most cases, their funding is a fixed subsidy per hectare (rather than the bidding approach). This provides more certainty into the process. Applicants may apply for both subsidy streams (although can only one can be allocated).

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Record Log Exports Through Lyttelton Port

A buoyant log export market, fine late summer weather and a new log exporter has resulted in PF Olsen exporting a record volume of logs through Port Lyttelton in March. During the month PF Olsen delivered over 7,000 JAS m3 of Radiata pine for export via log exporter Tenco Limited.

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Log Market - April 2009

The same drivers as last month prevail, with increased intensity of demand from China. Enquiries for log supply to China reached an all-time high at PF Olsen in the last week, averaging two per day.

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