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Forestry business praised for protecting kea nest

December 14th, 2017
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The Department of Conservation is praising a Nelson forestry company for temporarily halting operations around a kea nest to protect the kea.
 
The kea nest, with two chicks about 2 ½ months old, was found in a disused culvert at a Tasman Pine Forests Ltd skid-site in the Motueka Valley.
 

Record prices for softwood lumber in North America

December 14th, 2017
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Demand for imported softwood lumber to the US has fallen by six percent during the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016 according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. In contrast it says, Chinese import volumes have been up 21% year-over-year.
 

AKD negotiating purchase of CHH mills

December 14th, 2017
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Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) and Associated Kiln Driers (AKD) are described as being in ‘advanced negotiations’ regarding the potential purchase of the Yarram sawmill located at Yarram, Victoria and the Caboolture sawmill located at Caboolture.
 

Environmental awareness positive for wood

December 14th, 2017
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A research study conducted by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) reveals that rising consumer awareness of environmental issues will increase uptake in the forestry and wood products industry.
 

Södra invests in more forestry drones

December 14th, 2017
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Södra, a forestry cooperative based in Växjö, Sweden, is another industry giant now investing in more forestry drones. This digital technology speeds up the work of field staff at the same time as it makes it more comprehensive and safer, as the company says.
 

Climate engineering is risky but should be explored

December 14th, 2017
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Climate engineering, or climate intervention, is risky but needs to be explored as a supplement – not as a 'Plan B' – to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, said experts at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), in Bonn, Germany.
 

Forest owners: below minimum wage rates ‘unacceptable’

December 6th, 2017
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The Forest Owners Association has been quick out of the blocks to take a strong stand on pay rate breaches by forest planting contractors.
 
The president, Peter Clark, says a recent MBIE audit of pay rates and conditions in three forest regions has revealed what appears to be widespread non-compliance with employment law among forest planting crews.

Separate ownership provision for forestry makes sense

December 6th, 2017
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The Forest Owners Association has also been making its point heard elsewhere, saying the new government would be jeopardising its billion-tree target if it hadn’t separated forest and farmland in its ministerial directive to the Overseas Investment Office.
 

A billion trees to plant and no one to do the planting

December 6th, 2017
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Shane Jones is having conniptions about the cuzzies that won’t get out there on the slopes to plant all those trees. But he need not fear, the solution is at hand. Although all those forestry owners’ nurseries could well be under threat. After all, who needs baby trees when you can spray the seeds from the air.
 

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