Paul Olsen steps down after 15 years

Last month, FICA farewelled long-serving board member, Paul Olsen of OFM Ltd, after he decided to step down from official duties with our organisation.


And on behalf of the board and membership, FICA wishes to express its thanks to Paul for his outstanding service.


Paul was on the original FICA establishment team in 2002 that responded to the call from the Forest Owners Association for contractors to have their own voice in the industry.


Since then, Paul has been closely involved in championing the interests of FICA members on a diverse range of issues, from helping with the Independent Forest Safety Review, the formation of the Forest Industry Safety Council and assisting other contractors to improve their capabilities in cable logging and business management.


Officially, Paul retired from the FICA board in June. However, he will continue to serve on the FISC board at the request of its chair, Alison Paterson. His long service and contribution will be celebrated at the FICA Annual Conference and AGM in November.


Cable-assist workshop

Last month we detailed the introduction of a series of Cable-Assist Harvesting Workshops in Taupo and Gisborne that are designed to improve the understanding of, planning for, and operating of cable-assist mechanised harvesting systems.

The workshops take place this week (on July 4th and 6th) and there are still places for those who wish to brush up their skills and knowledge if you are quick off the mark. The workshops are open to anyone in the industry.

Some forest managers have already run similar workshops, but FICA has added two extra presenters, Bertus Marks and Andy Palmer, wire rope specialists with excellent practical technical experience, who join presenter Rien Visser, from the University of Canterbury...


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