New Zealand Journal of Forestry Volume 59 Number 3
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.