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UBS to sell NZ pine plantation

Forestry investment manager Global Forest Partners has hired investment bank UBS to sell its pine plantation business in New Zealand. Source: Australian Financial Review  It’s understood Global Forest Partners has asked UBS to commence a sale process for Nelson Forests Ltd, whic
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PEFC certification strengthens in NZ

Illegal forest management practices are a global problem. Governments and markets around the world are increasingly requiring proof of legality for harvested wood products. Source: Timberbiz This has created a demand for labelling and endorsement of sustainably managed and legally har
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First quarter 2017 log exports

The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Ajot Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the c
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Traffic back-logs at Port Nelson

Nelson’s logging carriers say three-hour waits and queues of up to 40 trucks at Port Nelson is costing them and exporters time and money. Source: Stuff NZ An estimated 30% increase in overseas demand for New Zealand logs in the last year has put pressure on available resources a
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Living off the logs in NZ

Setting the political issues aside, the logging industry can be viewed in a completely different light. Whanganui-based Hickford Logging is just an 8-man band at the coalface harvesting a 260-hectare pine forest in the steep hills inland from Maxwell, yet an entire community feasts of
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$145 to restore native beech forests

A further NZ$145,000 will be invested in the restoration of native beech forests in New Zealand, boosting the Government’s efforts to protect our native species, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced. Source: Scoop NZ The funding from the Government’s Community Enviro
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Project to remediate treated timber

The New Zealand Government is helping fund a two-year project to investigate the feasibility of remediating treated timber. Source: Newshub t’s contributing NZ$163,000 to the project carried out by Scion, a Crown research institute that specialises in research, science and techn
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Gisborne Landcare office to close

Landcare Research’s Gisborne office will close this week after 42 years playing a crucial role in studying the region’s world-famous erosion issues. Source: The Gisborne Herald The office, established in 1975 by the then New Zealand Forest Service, was never meant to be permanent, tho
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WorkSafe NZ tells farmer to get professionals to harvest wood

WorkSafe New Zealand says many of the woodlots on farmland were planted on steep ground which made harvesting these trees highly dangerous. Source: Stuff NZ Woodlots can be dangerous territory for farmers who are better to bring in the professionals when they want them harvested safel
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NZ structural log prices hit the highs

New Zealand structural log prices have hit their highest level in more than two decades as local mills compete with the export market to secure supply to meet demand from the domestic market. Source: NBR The price for structural S1 logs lifted to NZ$124 a tonne this month from NZ $123
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