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Work to do to plant a billion trees in NZ

The forestry industry needs to highlight career and economic opportunities if it is to meet a government proposal to plant a billion trees nationally in the next decade, a Taranaki forestry consultant has said. Source: Stuff NZ Regional Development Minister Shane Jones released an amb
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Log prices drive harvesting in NZ

High logs prices are being driven by the domestic market and Chinese exports. These logs are stacked for export at the Taranaki port. Source: Stuff NZ Foresters are taking advantage of strong log prices coming from demand for New Zealand logs in China.  Canterbury forestry consultant
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Slow down wood supply in New Zealand

A forestry consultant is calling for the New Zealand forest industry to shorten the harvesting period for radiata pine trees to plug a predicted slow-down of wood supply. Source: Radio NZ From planting to chopping down a tree usually takes between 25 to 30 years. Consultant Graham Wes
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Kiwis beat Aussies at Timbersports

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS world championship is over: On November 3 in the Håkons Hall in Lillehammer, New Zealand won the team world championship ahead of Poland and Australia. Source: Business Insider On Saturday, New Zealand’s Jason Wynyard successfully defended his title in the
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NZ Oregon Group has record year

Oregon Group, which manages a New Zealand portfolio of business for Malaysia’s Tiong family, expects to record earnings in 2018 on rising prices for forest products and the completion of apartments in its land development unit. Source: NBR Mr Thomas Song, managing director of Oregon G
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NZ logs are growing with no signs of decline

Long truck and trailer units loaded with perfectly straight radiata pine logs are rumbling along the highway between Hawera and New Plymouth. Logs are a growing business for the rate payer owned port and they’re rolling in and out in record numbers. Source: Stuff NZ That’s
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Forest Growers Research Awards

The Forest Growers Research Conference was held this week, with around 300 attendees. Forest researchers had a chance to celebrate their own on when the Forest Growers Research awards were presented at an industry conference in Christchurch. Source: Stuff.co NZ Carolyne Anderson of Sc
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Choosing the right tree spacing can increase yields

Forest owners and managers can increase log quality, yield and total value by up to NZ$16,000 per hectare by choosing the right tree spacing and best genetically improved tree stocks for their forest stands. Sources: Timberbiz and Forestech A team of Scion scientists in New Zealand ha
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NZ new polices hit the spot

New Government policy that will benefit the regions is being met with open arms in Rotorua with city leaders saying they are pleased money is finally being spent outside the main centres. Source: The New Zealand Herald The coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First has b
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NZ Shane Jones in charge of 100 million trees

Shane Jones will be the Minister responsible for spending $1 billion a year on New Zealand’s regions. Source: Newshub Mr Jones will also be in charge of the new Forestry Service, which will plant 100 million trees a year – with the goal of planting a billion over 10 years.
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