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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.


Important Updates

Kirk Award 2014

The Thomas Kirk award which is made every second year was awarded to Dr Andrew McEwen for eminence and recognises outstanding contributions in the field of forestry.

Forester of the Year 2014

Forester of the Year was awarded to Paul Nicholls, managing director of Rayonier NZ, for outstanding service to the forestry industry.

The award is one of the highest accolades in the industry, recognising contribution, leadership, excellence and integrity.

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Neslon/Marlborough Local Section Meeting

Timber Use in Commercial Buildings - with site visit to Queen Street development

SNI Local Section Meeting

Speaker: MPI Representatives
Topic: Proposed National Environmental Standards (NES) for Plantation Forestry

If you were unable to attend the MPI workshop in Bulls held today that looked at the impending NES and its potential impact on forest growers.

This is an opportunity for small forest growers and managers, to gain an oversight on the proposed rules with practical examples of how the rules would be applied.  


Canterbury Local Section Meeting

Guest speaker Owen Springford – Registered Member of NZIF, Forestry Consultant

Topic: “Fish and Chips”

Owen is well-known for his outspoken views on certain issues, but you may not have heard his comparison of the forestry and fishing industries.  Bound to be provocative and laced with humour, come and enjoy this quixotic talk after a good repast and in even better company

CNI Local Section Christmas Function

Sausage Sizzle, Refreshments & Networking followed by:

 An evening focussed on the Small Grower Resource.  
Speaker Andrew Clarke (CHH Wood Supply Manager) has recently finished his MBA and his thesis was on characterising the small grower resource.

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