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Election Forestry Policy Unnecessary

Press Release – New Zealand Farm Forestry Association

Right now, we are in a Covid-19 recovery phase and an election year. Farmers feel good about keeping the economy going, but are challenged by climate change, freshwater regulations and afforestation. Some press releases strongly defend pastoral farming … Read more »

Feds Telling Their Members They Can’t Sell Land For Forestry

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association

The Forest Owners Association is startled that the new Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chair is asking the government to restrict the right of farmer members to plant trees or sell their land for forestry. Recently elected Meat and Wool Chair, William … Read more »

Labour moves to protect productive farmland

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MPs say they will require any conversion of highly productive farmland into forestry to have a resource consent to ensure rural communities are well supported during our economic recovery. Read more »

Brook Tree Harvesting Delayed To 2021 To Help Local Businesses After COVID-19 Shutdown

Press Release – Nelson City Council

Nelson City Councils Forestry Advisory Group (FAG) has made the decision to delay the harvesting of Council trees in the Brook/Codgers area until July 2021. The delay is designed to give businesses that operate in our forests some breathing space while Read more »

Additional Government Funding A Welcome Boost For Key Council Projects

Press Release – Rotorua Lakes Council

Additional funding towards re-opening of Rotoruas museum and construction of a new forest visitor centre is a welcome boost as progress on these key projects continues, Mayor Steve Chadwick says. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has today … Read more »

Promised Forest Limit Trashes Zero Carbon Goals By At Least 30,000 Hectares A Year

Press Release – NZ Forest Owners Association

The Forest Owners Association says New Zealands carbon zero goal is seriously in doubt after a statement by the Minister of Agriculture, Damien OConnor, that the government would need to step in if new forest planting increased to more … Read more »

Government backs investment in wood

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government is backing the forest and wood-processing industry to play a major role in New Zealands economic recovery, with the launch of the Invest in New Zealand Wood Processing prospectus to encourage wider local and offshore investment. Read more »

The Global Forest Industry This Quarter

Press Release – Wood Resources International

Global Timber Markets There were relatively few price changes for sawlogs throughout the world in the 1Q/20 despite interruptions in trade and uncertainty in short-term lumber demand in many of the key markets. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) remained … Read more »

New Career Opportunities Presented At SIT Expo To Assist Job Seekers Find Employment

Press Release – Southern Institute Of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), along with its Agricultural faculty Telford, have collaborated with Agricultural and Forestry industry groups to provide short training courses to allow people who may have lost their employment to quickly retrain … Read more »

Wetlands And Waterways Gain From 1BT Funding

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, … Read more »

Buy Local – Buy NZ Wood

Press Release – NZ Forest Sector Forum

With the current post-lockdown focus to buy local, the NZ Forest Sector Forum is posing the question why isnt New Zealand consuming more New Zealand wood and wood products? According to MPI, approximately two-thirds of New Zealand wood … Read more »

Logging Halt Undercuts Strong Export Month

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

  Log exports fell sharply in April 2020 after logging operations were suspended during alert level 4, but average prices per cubic metre picked up, Stats NZ said today. In contrast, dairy and fruit exports were strong despite fears of … Read more »

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