Fire hits Kopu plant

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

More than 50 firefighters battled a ‘fifth-alarm’ blaze next to the Carter Holt Harvey sawmill in Thames yesterday, fanned by storm-force winds that swept across the country.

 

The fire broke out at Smart Environment Recycling Centre at the Kopu Industrial Complex, which shares the same site as the Carter Holt Harvey mill on Ngati Maru Highway...

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MPI throws in towel as Myrtle Rust spreads

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

Foresters are now watching for Myrtle Rust to spread across the length of New Zealand after the pathogen was found for the first time in the South Island last month.

 

After being found near Nelson, it now appears to be a matter of time before the whole country is infected and that could hit a key forestry species that is a major source of export chip from Southland – Eucalyptus...

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January forest exports highest ever

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

We knew January was a big month in the forests, but now comes confirmation that a new record has been set for the start of a year.

 

Latest figures show New Zealand exported more than one million cubic metres of softwood logs in January, for just the second time ever...

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Tigercat turns into a mountain goat

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

Watching the full-size Tigercat 1085C behave like a mountain goat on a steep forest slope in Southland with 22 tonnes on board is a rare and interesting sight.

 

That the new 1085c – the first to go into operation in New Zealand – manages to make the task look simple as it hauls more than 220 tonnes of blue gum out to the skid site each day is no mean task...

 

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Gold mine discovery delays forest harvest

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

The discovery of a long-forgotten gold mining site in the midst of a Southland forest has delayed harvesting while the area is surveyed and plans drawn up for its preservation.

 

The Southland Times reports that the discovery was made in the Waikaia Forest block to the north of Gore, just as forest manager IFS Growth was preparing to cut the mature Radiata Pines...

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A major forest-owning iwi has come out against the government’s plan to bring forestry rights into the Overseas Investment screening programme, claiming it will have a material impact on the value of their land and compromise their ability to attract overseas partners...

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

Iwi against adding forestry rights to overseas investment scrutiny

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Milestone for NZ’s largest pine-to-native forest project

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

NZ’s largest pine-to-native forest regeneration project has reached a major milestone with the last pine trees felled in a major Hawke’s Bay conservation project that aims to convert a 4,000-hectare pine plantation back to regenerating native forest...

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Celebrating wood in Nelson

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

The Living Wood Fair, a celebration of all things to do with wood, takes place in Golden Bay near Nelson over the weekend of April 21/22.

 

Set in the picturesque environments of Totara Whenua & Fairholme Gallery in East Takaka, the

Living Wood Fair will appeal to anyone who likes wood, including lifestyle and forestry-block owners...

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Nelson group calls for Council action on sediment

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

Community action group, Friends of the Maitai, is calling on Nelson City Council to take action on forestry practices in the region following the devastation caused by the recent Cyclone Gita floods in Marahau, Riwaka and Motueka Valley

 

Friends of the Maitai spokesperson Tom Kennedy says the group wants sediment flows into the Maitai River cut and blames forestry...

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Portugal clearing forests to prevent deadly fires

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018

Portugal is taking the drastic step of clearing vast swathes of forests to prevent a repeat of last year's deadly wildfires, which killed 112 people.

 

Prime Minister Antonio Costa, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and some 20 senior government officials joined workers across Portugal to begin clearing large tracts of forests that cover almost 60% of the country...

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