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New Zealand Journal of Forestry Volume 59 Number 3

The rate of deaths and serious injuries in forestry is unacceptable. The November 2014 issue of the New Zealand Journal of Forestry has a harvesting theme, sharing the view that safety and productivity will only be achieved through increased mechanisation, ‘no worker on the slope, no hand on the chainsaw’.  Four articles explore current improvements to New Zealand harvesting techniques, while a fifth provides an overview of the changes to research funding and organisation arising from the Forest Growing Levy and the impact on the FFR Steep Land Harvesting research programme. Productivity must continually improve if New Zealand is to remain competitive with other forest-products exporting countries. In addition to the harvesting papers, there are papers on planted Kauri forestry, the accuracy of tree volume equations and the performance of Douglas fir sawing trials.

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