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Hawkes Bay proposed trial to benefit farmers and forestry

New Zealand Hawkes Bay Councillor Will Foley is excited about the proposed trial of the Right Tree Right Place program which he sees as having economic and environmental benefits for the farming community, local economy and wider community. Source: Timberbiz Under the trial, the Regio
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New NZ forest service may fix bottlenecks in supply chain

The Forest Owners Association says the just announced creation of Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service heralds the potential to fix vital bottlenecks in the initial stages of the forest industry supply chain and drive further timber processing downstream as well. Source: Timberbi
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Forestry NZ to be renamed, relocated and with a greater role

A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by New Zealand’s Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional economic development, skills training, and a low-emissions future. Source: Timberbiz Stuart Nash announced Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) will be rena
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Maximise genetic gains in pine with DNA tracking

Tracking tree pedigrees is important in radiata pine tree breeding to maximise genetic gain and minimise inbreeding. Source: Scion In the 70 years since the radiata pine breeding programme was established, breeders have only been able to rely on paper-based records of tree identity an
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Quiet achiever has 66 million trees

Twelve years ago, New Zealand Carbon Farming was just a concept. Now, it is one of the country’s biggest landowners, and its business model – planting permanent forest – is looking more prescient by the day. Sources: Stuff NZ, Timberbiz The company was founded in 2010. By late 2019, a
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Help for woodlot owners to market and harvest for profit

A third of New Zealand’s plantation forest estate is in the hands of woodlot owners. Harvesting can be a stressful time for some woodlot owners who may have little knowledge and experience of this phase of the woodlot management cycle. Source: Timberbiz A 15-video series, “How to mark
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A snapshot of newsprint imports to NZ, Australia to benefit

New Zealand’s imports of newsprint have long been highly limited, due mainly to the self-sufficiency delivered by Norske Skog’s Tasman Mill. That will change in coming months as the Tasman mill transitions to be a supplier of ‘pulp-on-reel’ products and perhaps take up other opportuni
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HarvestTECH attracts 350 from forestry and timber

Around 350 forestry managers, wood transport schedulers, logging contractors, forest owners, harvest planners and major equipment and technology suppliers met up in New Zealand for HarvestTECH. Sources: Timberbiz, HarvestTECH It was one of the largest gatherings seen in New Zealand an
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Funding to protect a beech forest under threat

The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee is supporting biodiversity funding of NZ$50,000 for 150 hectares of remnant beech forest, wetlands and manuka scrub on Mount Lawry Station. Source: Timberbiz Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury and the QEII Trust are working togeth
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End of cartonboard from NZ as Whakatane mill closes

The Whakatane Board Mill in New Zealand owned by SIG Combibloc will close around the end of June 2021. Approximately 210 people will lose their jobs, after a short search reportedly failed to yield a buyer. Source: IndustryEdge Once a cartonboard facility that stood alongside the Petr
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