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A FOREST POLICY FOR NEW ZEALAND

The Forest Policy for New Zealand was initiated due to concern amongst forestry professionals that the full potential of New Zealand’s forests was not being achieved because of uncoordinated, issues-driven, short -term policies relating to matters as diverse as land use, water and erosion issues, climate change, pest control, biosecurity, biodiversity, landscapes, building regulations, trade policy and long-term research.  Forests are long-lived, ranging from (relatively) short-term commercial forests taking 2-3 decades to reach maturity up to several hundred years in the case of New Zealand’s indigenous forests...

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 Shaw's Iron Test

Maybe we should really be calling the new six-wheeled Tigercat 625E the ‘Goldilocks’ skidder.

 

That’s because it sits right in the sweet spot for harvesting operations like Southland’s Bluewood Logging; it’s not too small that it struggles to pull wood effectively and it’s not too big that it might be regarded as overkill.

It’s just right...

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 Forest Talk

Dave Wilson scooped the top prize at the Northland Forestry Awards in a record year of entries, celebrated in front of 540 guests in Whangarei last month.

 

As well as being awarded the Northland Forestry Skilled Professional of the Year, he also won the Harvesting Excellence Award...

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 Woodflow 2018

Imagine a harvesting operation where all the trees are cut by robots swinging from tree-to-tree and the stems are automatically passed along a line of similar robots to a machine that cuts them into logs, which are then loaded onto a truck without a single human present.

 

It’s a future that Scion is working towards and the Rotorua-based research organisation has produced an...

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Breaking Out

The winds of change don’t always blow smoothly in forestry, but down in the lower half of the North Island, one change seems to have breezed in without leaving chaos in its wake.

 

On the contrary, it’s had a remarkably positive effect, which could become far-reaching for the industry as a whole...

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 Top Spot

We talked about how close the competition was among harvesting crews in the last issue and now Thin-to-Waste teams have followed with their own tight tussle.

 

Only these results highlighted that it can be a matter of millimetres rather than centimetres between results...

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New Iron

Matthew Jordan, owner of MJ Logging, has taken delivery of a SouthStar FD750 directional felling head, mounted onto the latest Cat 558. It comes with a complete valve-in-head package and dual high-pressure harvesting cylinders...

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