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Wood Matters

PF Olsen's New ArborGuard® Makes Healthier Trees

Diseases such as Armillaria root rot affect the health and performance of pine plantations and cause huge annual losses in New Zealand. PF Olsen, in collaboration with Dr Robert Hill of the Lincoln University-based Bio-Protection Research Centre, has developed a bio-control system to make trees more resistant to disease attack.

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Log Market - March 2009

Whilst many of New Zealand's primary producers are suffering from weak demand and poor prices, overall the NZ log market is experiencing somewhat of a counter-cyclical situation. However, this is very much a "game of two (distinctively different) halves".

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Introduction

Despite yet another apparent derailment of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) after last year's election and appointment of a National-led Government, the ETS with regards forestry, is up and running and several important deadlines are looming.

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Forest Stewardship Certification

Demand for certification services under PF Olsen Ltd's Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Group Scheme has escalated in recent months. Drivers appear to be the tightening market conditions and the now almost complete move by all corporate forest entities in NZ to obtain FSC certification.

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Kiwi Releases

Just before Christmas PF Olsen contractors and staff were represented at a release of a young kiwi into the wild at a heavily pest controlled sanctuary on the outskirts of Whakatane.

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China Trip Report

PF Olsen is constantly being approached by log buyers to supply logs directly into Asian markets. Usually these approaches are forwarded onto the established log traders such as Pacific Forest Products who have done a good job serving the sector for some time.

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Log Market - February 2009

The demand in NZ, Australia and US for structural and pruned lumber remains very weak and we can expect little improvement in pruned and structural log prices until confidence returns to the construction sector in those markets.

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Update on the Voluntary Market

PF Olsen contacted a selected number of clients last year seeking approval to potentially involve them in a project aimed at crystallizing value out of their pre-Commitment Period 1 (CP1) carbon credits from post-1989 forests.

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Clarky's Comment - December 2008

This is our last edition of Wood Matters for this year. The staff at PF Olsen would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, suppliers, contractors and other folk that we have been involved with during the year - and wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

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Log Markets - February 2008

This market is very much at a possible point of inflexion. November saw some export at-wharf-gate (NZ port) prices rise considerably as high C&F US$-based prices (at Asian ports) coincided with rapidly declining shipping costs and a declining NZ$/US$ exchange rate.

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Update on WQI - Wood Quality Initiative

WQI is a forestry industry based research company with the objective of developing tools and techniques to better assess wood quality to drive better allocation decisions along the supply chain (e.g. the right logs or timber going into the right process or end-use) and improving processing methods and technology (e.g. how do we minimise the damaging effect of checking and cell collapse during timber drying).

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