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Wood Matters

Log Market - November

It would probably be remiss not to mention the ascendency of Donald Trump to the coveted position of president-elect of the USA, but since every journalist, news anchor, talk show host, blogger and panelist is covering this ad nauseam, Wood Matters will spare readers more coverage. An immediate outcome (apart from mild nausea that such a thing could come about in the 21st century) is rallying USA and Asian share markets and a weaker NZ$. Both, on face value, are supportive of the log market.

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PF Olsen Payment Protection

Getting paid for the forest produce you sell is obviously a critically important component of a successful forest harvesting and marketing project.

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Clarkys Comment - October

Tree felling is a physically demanding task, requiring full concentration and the ability to see everything happening around the site at once, so is it surprising that occasionally things go wrong?

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Log Market - October

Unpruned and pruned export log prices increased $2/JAS m3 and $4/JAS m3 respectively in October. This confirms that pruned export log prices troughed last month having fallen up to $50/JAS m3 in the prior three months. The expectation is a modest continued firming trend in export log prices for the foreseeable future.

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Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme

An update on the status of the ETS review was recently released by the Ministry for the Environment. Policy decisions following stage two are expected in mid-2017, and will require further engagement with stakeholders.

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D&A management programme

For PF Olsen doing the ‘right thing’ is paramount and we are committed to the safety of everyone working in our forests and to achieve our goal – Zero – “a workplace that is free from the use of alcohol and other drugs.”

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Update from the Kaharoa Kokako Trust

The forest is full of singing tui, warblers, robins and other bird life and is a great time of year to be in the bush and a clear indication of ongoing success which PF Olsen continue to support as a major sponsor.

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Clarkys Comment - September

Forestry can contribute so much more. Most readers will be aware that the NZ forest industry has for some years been feeling that it has been disadvantaged relative to pastoral farming in respect of the ETS and land use policies and its treatment under the RMA.

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