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Wood Matters

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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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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