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Wood Matters

Forest Growers Research conference

The annual Forest Growers Research conference was held in Tauranga from 16th – 18th October and attracted over 145 people over the course of the three days. Forest owners, large and small, researchers, industry advisers, MPI officials, Regional Council representatives and log exporters attended.

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What can we aspire to?

“A one size fits all” solution will not work if we are to be as successful in the next 40 years of operation, as we have in the last 40.

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Clarky's Comment

Unless emitters are really motivated to reduce emissions New Zealand will be fighting an uphill battle in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions profile.

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Log Market - November

Forest owners and managers received another increase in At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for sawlogs delivered to ports around New Zealand in November.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

The NZU market remains characterised by lack of activity and price movement, with NZUs trading a range of $25.00 - $25.10 for most of the last two months, as it awaits guidance from the government.

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Quick Six - November

Following are our six topics of recent forestry related news items that we have chosen to share with you for this month. We hope you find them informative, educational and enlightening.

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Waitomo Forest For Sale

This asset located in the King Country provides an astute purchaser with a unique opportunity to take ownership of 26.64ha of freehold land and 22.73ha of forestry crop in a high growth region.

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Clarky's Comment

This month’s comment reflects on a few days during September with a group of Kiwi forest owners and wood processors attending the 8th Global Wood Conference in Chongqing as well as meetings with China Forestry Group, NZTE and the newly reconfigured State Forestry and Grassland Administration in Beijing.

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Log Market - October

At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for unpruned sawlogs delivered to ports around New Zealand in October increased by $6 to $7 per JASm3 depending upon location, log grade, and log length.

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Quick Six - October

Following are our six topics of recent forestry related news items that we have chosen to share with you for this month. We hope you find them informative, educational and enlightening.

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Bio-oil Trial

Over the past year PF Olsen have been running a bio-oil trial with 10 crews located around New Zealand.

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Contractor Social Wellbeing Survey

As part of its environmental certification obligations, PF Olsen continues to periodically survey the contractor workforce. The purpose is to provide information which can be used to manage any issues raised and assists with the objective of an involved, motivated and safe workforce.

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Clarky's Comment

It bothers me that not many of our young school leavers know much about the forestry industry. Reliance on tabloid-style media and 30-second TV sound bites reporting negative stories about our industry is hardly the way to learn about forestry career opportunities.

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Log Market - September

At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for unpruned sawlogs delivered to ports around New Zealand in September increased by $4 to $6 per JASm3 depending upon location and grade.

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