Big money for hard workers in forests

Wages up to $100,000 a year fall short of attracting young people into forestry careers, Forest Industry Contractors’ Association (FICA) president Ross Davis says.

Forest area set to double

A big area of plantation forest due to be harvested in the next decade will significantly reduce New Zealand’s carbon sequestering stocks and increase emissions unless replanted.

Planting picks up but still slow

The economics of forestry stack up well for farm owners and that is where a lot of the new tree planting should come from, Forest Owners Association chairman Peter Clark says.

Logs reach new high

Strong domestic building activity combined with buoyant horticulture and viticulture industries has pushed up the price of roundwood logs to a record.

Log prices still at highest levels

The house-building boom means structural log prices are at about their highest levels since AgriHQ started keeping records in the early 1990s.

Tree conference a practical forum

This year’s New Zealand Farm Forestry Association conference will highlight the diverse geography of the region around Feilding where it is being held.

Fire services rejig is welcomed

Forest owners will be the significant beneficiaries of Fire Service changes that come in to force from July 1.

Carbon and China boost forestry

Promising carbon prices and continued buoyant log prices are contributing to a bull run in the forestry sector with hopes it will continue well into the New Year.

Foresters fear tree disease entry

A disease running rife in forests overseas could devastate the New Zealand timber industry in a way similar to Psa in kiwifruit should it ever end up on local shores