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Coronavirus outbreak in China snuffs out NZ forestry recovery

International Forest Industries - Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:17

By: Jamie Gray
Business reporter, NZ Herald
jamie.gray@nzherald.co.nz    @JamieGrayNZ


Late last year, New Zealand log prices in China were improving, restoring a little confidence to the sector.

But the virus outbreak has again seen logs start to pile up on Chinese wharves as economic activity looks certain to slow in response to the outbreak, which has killed at least 426 people.

A sudden increase in imports from Europe saw “A” grade log prices slump to US$105 per JAS metre last July after hitting a record US$140/metre a year earlier, thereby ending a five-year strengthening trend.

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Today, with so many players absent from the market, it’s difficult to even establish a price.

“There is a lot of uncertainty as to where things are going,” ANZ agriculture economist Susan Kilsby said.

“Prices are definitely heading south, but to actually quantify that is pretty difficult at the moment,” she said.

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Metsä Fibre’s Nordic Timber sawn timber is now called Metsä

International Forest Industries - Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:02

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, is renewing its sawn timber product brand. The previously used Nordic Timber name will be replaced by Metsä brand in all sawn timber products, and at the same time, the company is renewing its sawn timber shipping marks and packaging to respond to the brand update.

“We want to continuously improve our operations and create more added value for our customers, and that’s why our customer promise is Exceeding Expectations – a commitment that reflects our strategic aim and ambition,” says Ari Harmaala, SVP Sales and Customership, Metsä Fibre.

As of January 1st, 2020, Metsä Fibre is also responsible for the all operations related to sales, order handling and delivery. The only exception to this is the sales in England, Wales and Scotland that will be handled through Metsä Wood sales organisation.

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

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Stora Enso’s mill to provide renewable district heating in Germany

International Forest Industries - Wed, 05/02/2020 - 11:10

Excess heat from the industrial processes at Stora Enso’s Maxau paper mill in Germany, will be used to provide renewable, biomass-based district heating for the city of Karlsruhe.

A new, approximately two-kilometre-long connection pipeline will transfer the heat from the mill to an existing pipeline that links up the local refinery with the municipal heating grid. The local district heating supplier Stadtwerke Karlsruhe will start the construction of the pipeline in late 2020, aiming for completion by the end of 2022.

More than 80% of the fuel used at Maxau Mill is biomass-based. In addition, a new steam turbine, to be taken into use at the mill during 2020, will further increase the potential of combined heat and power production at the mill. Thanks to these factors, the city of Karlsruhe and Maxau Mill expect to cut 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Roughly 40,000 households and a large number of businesses in Karlsruhe currently use district heating. More than 90% of the heat is sourced from industrial processes and from the excess heat generated in combined heat and power production. The excess heat from Maxau Mill will add to current local sources of heat – an oil refinery and a power plant of an energy supplier. This expansion contributes to the German energy transition and is one of the biggest climate protection projects in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Photo: Maxau paper mill / storaenso.com

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Australia – Wind farm proposal on forest land gaining momentum

International Forest Industries - Thu, 30/01/2020 - 13:05

A proposed large-scale wind farm project in the Wide Bay region of Queensland, valued at up to AU$2 billion, is moving forward thanks to facilitation support provided by the Palaszczuk Government. Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the Forest Wind project could create around 440 construction jobs and boost renewables supply for Queensland’s future energy needs.

“This would be one the largest grid-connected wind farms in the southern hemisphere,” Mr Dick said. “The wind farm would generate approximately 1200 megawatts at capacity, which will power more than 550,000 homes. This could increase Queensland’s installed power generation capacity by approximately nine per cent. The project will now move into the detailed assessment stage, which will also include the assessment of its development application.”

Mr Dick said the proposed wind farm would be located within state forest land between Gympie and Maryborough. “It would co-exist with established southern pine timber plantations that support our forestry industry,” he said.

Forest Wind Holdings, a joint venture between Queensland-based renewables firm CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services, has proposed to locate up to 226 wind turbines across the sites. The plantations are owned and managed by HQPlantations on land under licence from the state.

“Locating the wind farm on plantation licence areas would be a first for Queensland. It’s a great example of private enterprise thinking outside the box to help boost renewable energy generation in our state.” Forest Wind Holdings has confirmed that subject to receiving all relevant approvals, construction of the wind farm could commence as early as fourth-quarter 2020.

HQPlantations CEO Jeremy Callachor said he was excited about the possibility of supporting the Queensland Government’s long-term renewable energy targets in a material way. “We will work closely with Forest Wind Holdings to leverage complementary opportunities for improvements in fire protection and road access in the estate, and to ensure there is minimal impact on timber production,” Mr Callachor said.

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A Battle to Protect Forests Unfolds in Central Africa

NYT Logging Industry - Tue, 28/01/2020 - 11:00
Indigenous people, environmentalists and industries vie for control over lands that can offer economic benefits or climate protection — but not always both.

Tech advances at Bell Bay mill showcased

International Forest Industries - Fri, 24/01/2020 - 10:30

Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson, last Tuesday welcomed Guy Barnett, Tasmanian Minister for Resources, to Timberlink’s Bell Bay mill to see recent investments in technology and safety upgrades in action. Timberlink enters the new decade strongly positioned for growth supported by the investments in upgrading the Bell Bay Mill.

The installation of new state of the art Contra Flow Kilns (CFK), will cut down waiting times for drying timber, whilst decreasing heat power usage by 30%. A new Lucidyne grade scanner that uses state of the art AI technology to measure for strength, quality and defects in every piece of timber in real time has been installed in the planer mill. The system’s software learns with every photo that it takes, scanning up to two boards per second. This ensures that every piece of engineered structural timber meets the stringent Australian standards requirements whilst removing the need for manual intervention, creating a safer workplace for our people.

Minister Barnett was impressed with the efficiency gains provided by the new CFK and Lucidyne grade scanner, the first of its type in Australia. “This is a great example of Australian manufacturing in the 21st century, in Tasmania delivering improvements in energy usage and safety through technology”, Minister Barnett said.

A new automated packaging line that robotically places bearers under packs of timber has also been installed, which Ian Tyson explained will alleviate a bottleneck to improve efficiency and output. In addition, there have been upgrades to the roads network to separate heavy plant equipment from smaller vehicles. “This is a great outcome for improved safety, so our people go home safe, every day”, said Mr Tyson.

The latest round of investment in upgrading the Bell Bay mill created 90 jobs in the construction phase and crucially 6 new permanent full-time jobs. The investments also support the long-term future of the mill and the estimated 650 jobs that directly and indirectly rely on the mill. “This is a terrific investment in technology and equipment in regional Tasmania here at Bell Bay, in a facility which is state of the art, that is value adding, downstream processing, creating jobs and it’s sustainable” said Minister Barnett.

Mr Tyson added, “Timberlink has continuously invested in this mill to ensure it remains internationally competitive since taking ownership in 2013, while growing and securing employment within the Northern Tasmanian region. We are well positioned for continued growth and look forward to further investments in 2020.”

Photo: Tasmanian Resources Minister Guy Barnett with Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson

Source: Timberlink
Bell Bay mill showcased

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First lumber shipment from new AFP ’s sawmill in Texas goes to McCoy’s Building Supply

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/01/2020 - 13:00

Two privately held Texas-based companies, Angelina Forest Products (AFP), Lufkin, Texas and McCoy’s Building Supply, San Marcos, Texas celebrate the initial production of southern yellow pine dimension lumber from AFP’s new Angelina County, Texas sawmill. First shipment of pine dimension lumber goes to McCoy’s Building Supply.

Angelina Forest Products state-of-the-art greenfield sawmill began construction in the fall of 2018.  The new facility with two shifts, will employ over 135 direct employee jobs and many more indirect jobs that will supply and support the operation.  The mill will produce southern yellow pine dimension lumber which includes 2×4 through 2×12 lengths 8’ to 20’.  Angelina Forest Products (AFP) will be one of the largest sawmills in the South.

Angelina Forest Product’s Lufkin sawmill has a design capacity of over 300 million board feet annually and will provide products for single and multi-family dwellings, outdoor living, repair & remodeling and industrial end-users.

McCoy’s is one of the nation’s largest privately held building supply retailers.

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Jason Wright Joins Wagner Meters as Business Development Specialist

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/01/2020 - 12:38

Wagner Meters has announced the addition of Jason Wright to the sales team as a Business Development Specialist for New Products. Wright brings more than 32 years of flooring experience specializing in Hardwood Flooring.

Starting in 1986 with a small sundry distributor in Medford, Oregon, Jason moved on to ascend through positions in Product Development, Support, and Marketing programs for several flooring companies to become the National Sales Manager for Tarkett Group, a global flooring solutions provider.

He brings a wealth of experience from starting new companies to supporting the flooring industry within the wholesale and retail sectors. Jason may be contacted by email at jwright@wagnermeters.com.

He will also be representing Wagner Meters at two upcoming 2020 Las Vegas exhibitions: The International Surfaces Event (TISE) at booth #4019 in January and World of Concrete (WOC) at booth #S12555 in February.

About Wagner Meters
In business since 1965, Wagner Meters provides field-proven moisture measurement technology to help flooring professionals improve their profits and reputations with tools to assist with eliminating wood and concrete moisture-related problems. Wagner’s line of trusted products includes versatile and accurate Orion® hand-held wood moisture meters as well as the Rapid RH® L6 concrete relative humidity testing system, which gives you official and actionable test results 48 hours faster than other test methods. For more information, click here.

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NZ – 10,000 ha new planting through One Billion Trees

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/01/2020 - 12:08

Figures have been released by Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand) that show 228 grant applications were received for funding under the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme in 2019, a total of NZ$42.55 million being allocated across 42 projects.

Te Uru Rakau acting deputy director-general Sam Keenan said NZ$22.2 million of that had been approved across 10,758.4 hectares of new planting. “To date approximately 17,056,165 trees comprised of 9,785,067 native and 7,271,098 exotic trees have been funded.”

Mr Keenan said a key aspect of many of the billion trees project was “reliable science”, with NZ $499,321 of funding going to AUT’s Living Laboratories Project for research about integrating native canopy tree species such as rimu within agricultural landscapes. Another NZ $376,850 had gone to Manaaki Whenua — Landcare Research to build understanding about how New Zealanders perceive forestry.

Tane’s Tree Trust has received NZ $165,863 to devise ways of upscaling cost-effective planting and native forest reversion, while New Zealand Plant Producers Inc received NZ$100,000 to develop industry standards around the risk of spreading pests and pathogens through plant product systems.

A further NZ$39,500 was allocated to the New Zealand Nursery Practice Guidelines Project, which allows experienced nurserymen and scientists to share their expertise. One Billion Trees Programme grants and partnership funding of NZ$800,000 has also been allocated to the Waikato Regional Council to expand its riparian restoration project programme, which is working to improve the region’s water quality by integrating trees into farm settings.

The Tararua District Council received NZ$145,000 for its decision-support tool that gives landowners information about planting options on farms, and to strategically plan future forestry in the area. An additional NZ$95,000 went towards laying the foundations for Rotary’s 100 Forests of Peace and Remembrance Project.

Source: Te Uru Rakau

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Primary processors working together creates efficiency

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/01/2020 - 11:50

Establishing wood processors close to forestry allows wood processing and forestry residues to be used as an energy source, with any surplus able to be used by other nearby industries. Other primary processing (such dairy and meat processing) could also benefit from this strategy, and there is potential for a shared energy plant to service multiple factories.

This strategy of clustering industries around an energy source and utilising production waste streams is called industrial symbiosis. Applied in regional New Zealand it could create jobs, increase GDP and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Researchers have mapped New Zealand’s forestry, energy resources and fossil energy-using industries to identify regions where clusters of wood processing operations could be co-located with meat and dairy processing, for example. Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Northland and Southland/Clutha are well suited to industrial symbiosis. Each is forecast to have a long-term supply of surplus logs, forestry and other woody waste to contribute.

If each of these clusters were established, the increase in onshore processing would provide an additional ~1000 jobs in each region, add a total of NZ$2 billion to New Zealand’s bottom line and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 67,000 tonnes a year by replacing fossil fuels with biomass.

Data produced by this project has now been supplied to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority for their continued analysis. New opportunities for wood processing clusters in these regions were identified using the WoodScape model and predictions of future log availability to calculate the best return on capital investment.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Northland and Southland/Clutha regions have unique future wood processing options and the flow on opportunities to co-locate with other industries differ between regions.

Industrial symbiosis in Gisborne would be focused on standalone wood-processing powered by forestry and processing residues. In Ngāwha, Northland, the availability of geothermal energy frees up residues for secondary manufacturing. In Hawkes Bay and Southland, residues from wood processing clusters could be used to replace coal or gas used by other nearby industries.

Further opportunities for full industrial symbiosis have been identified around the Marsden Point oil refinery and Golden Bay Cement/Portland Cement in Northland. There is also potential to fuel industrial heat with biomass in the central North Island, Blenheim, Tasman/Nelson, Hokitika, Greymouth and Canterbury.

The new wood processes with the highest return on capital investment include sawmills, Optimised Engineering Lumber (OEL™), plywood, oriented strand board, cross-laminated timber and remanufactured timber. Where geothermal heat is available the range of options expands and includes bio-chemical recovery and manufacture of solid biofuels from wood processing residues that might otherwise have been used to provide process or drying heat.

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Europe expanding presence in Chinese log market

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/01/2020 - 11:28
China is increasing importation of logs from New Zealand and Europe, while diminishing imports from North America and Russia. As a region, Europe is now the second largest supplier of softwood logs to China behind New Zealand, reports the WRQ.

Europe has rapidly become a major supplier of softwood logs to China’s log market, while Russia and North America have lost market shares in 2019, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. New Zealand continues to expand its market share in China, supplying 39% of the total import volume in the 3Q/19, up from 32% five years earlier. Russia and North America suffered the largest declines in the Chinese market share from 2015 to 2019, with Russia’s share falling from 28% to 12%, and North America from 21% to 13% during the same period.

In the 3Q/19, log imports from Russia were at their lowest levels in almost 20 years. The only other major change in the Chinese market over the past few years has been an increase in pine log shipments from Uruguay.

These have increased from just a few thousand cubic meters in 2016 to almost 2.5 million m3 last year, making Uruguay the fifth largest log supplier to China in 2018. Startlingly, shipments from Uruguay to China fell to less than 200,000 m3 in the 3Q/19, when prices for logs plummeted to the point where it no longer made financial sense for Uruguayan exporters to ship logs.

Interestingly, a number of countries in Europe, although some still small suppliers, have begun to expand their presence in the Chinese market over the past 12 months, reports the WRQ. This can be attributed to an oversupply of logs in their domestic markets. In the 3Q/19, the European supply of softwood logs totalled over two million m3.

Supplying countries included Germany, Czech, Poland and France (in descending order), all countries impacted by storms and insects in 2018 and 2019. The European share of imported softwood logs has increased from just three percent in the 3Q/18 to as much as 20% in the 3Q/19.

Source: Wood Resources International, www.WoodPrices.com

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27 football fields of forest lost every minute due to deforestation

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/01/2020 - 14:47

The WWF estimates we’re losing 27 football fields of forest every minute due to deforestation

  • UK company Dendra plans to plant 500 billion trees by 2060 – using AI and drones.
  • The drones can plant 120 seedpods per minute.
  • The WWF estimates we’re losing 27 football fields of forest every minute due to deforestation.

A drone can plant two trees per second, according to UK tech company Dendra, which is aiming to “re-green” the planet. Dendra estimates it would take just 400 teams of two drone operators, with 10 drones per team, to plant 10 billion trees each year – and at a much lower cost than the traditional method of planting by hand. The target is to plant 500 billion trees by 2060, in often hard-to-reach places.

Susan Graham, CEO of Dendra Systems, says, “The challenge that we’re tackling is a complex one and working with a team of passionate engineers, plant scientists, drone operators, we came up with this idea to use automation and digital intelligence to plant billions of trees.”

So, how does it work? First, the replanting areas are identified using a combination of satellite images and drone-collected data. Specialized planting drones take to the skies loaded with seedpods containing a germinated seed and nutrients.

Once in position, the drones use pressurized air to fire the seeds into the ground – at 120 pods per minute. The seedpods penetrate the earth and start to grow once activated by water. Dendra estimates its technology – combining speed and accuracy – would enable governments to restore forests 150 times faster than planting by hand, and up to 10 times cheaper. Graham says it represents a new “step-change” in how we think about global ecosystem restoration.

“We need to use technology to scale up our restoration efforts, and the scale we’re talking about is tens of billions of trees every year. We’ll be able to see the ecosystems that we’ve restored from space. “There’s a saying that goes that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second-best time is today,” says Graham. “We have this opportunity now, and we need to act today.”

Source: weforum.org

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RMS announces sale of Australian forest assets

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/01/2020 - 14:29

Resource Management Service, LLC (RMS) has announced that it has successfully completed the sale of its Tasmanian hardwood plantations to investment funds advised by Global Forest Partners LP (GFP) of Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The transaction included total productive area of 21,000 hectares on 36,500 hectares of freehold land. The assets consist of two operating units spread across the northwest, northeast and southern regions of Tasmania, and were acquired by RMS from receivers in 2014 and 2015 with a strategy of generating near-term cash yields and long-term asset appreciation for the firm’s institutional investment clients.

Funds “Our decision to monetize these assets on behalf of our clients was driven by our assessment that market conditions were attractive for a sale. We expected the market would fully value the significant work RMS has undertaken to restructure and improve the portfolio of assets”, said Craig Blair, President and CEO of RMS.

The plantations are largely stocked with Eucalyptus nitens and are located in close proximity to processing plants and ports. The output from the plantations can be sold as hardwood logs for solid wood processing and as hardwood chips. The timber grown on the properties is sold into Asian export markets, which has a strong appetite for hardwood timber products. According to Blair, selling the two Australian estates together enhanced the overall value of the offering by providing a competitive level of scale in the Tasmanian hardwood industry.

“We are pleased to have taken these plantations through a value-enhancing investment cycle for our investors,” said Blair. “Australia is an attractive destination for sophisticated institutional investors, like our clients, because it offers excellent global diversification for their forest portfolios.

The country has a robust and growing forest industry and its primary timber cultivation regions, including Tasmania, provide outstanding access to high-growth global markets. For all of these reasons, we expect to be active participants in the region’s forest investment and ownership community in the years ahead.”

Source: RMS

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Australia – Bushfires severe blow to Victoria’s timber industry

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/01/2020 - 14:17

The recent bushfires are a fresh blow to Victoria’s timber industry, coming just weeks after the state Labor government announced the end of all native forest logging within 10 years. Sawmills in the east of the state, which had already been struggling to secure enough logs to keep their machines running, said the government’s move would put thousands of workers out of their jobs and put the future of Victoria’s timber towns in doubt.

VicForests said it could not confirm numbers but that it had lost a significant amount of its logging coupes in the area, and would be unable to assess the damage while the fires were still burning. “The East Gippsland fires have had a significant impact on VicForests’ coupes,” a spokesman said. “While the fires are ongoing, we are unable to fully assess the impact. Our current focus is on fully supporting the efforts to manage the bushfires, deploying all available VicForests staff and contractors to the region.”

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the destruction of East Gippsland forest in the blazes put the state government’s transition plan into doubt. “Clearly there’s been significant damage to the resources in East Gippsland and the union will be very concerned about the consequences for employment and the viability of some mills,” Mr O’Connor said. “There will certainly be concerns for the viability of the already flawed transitions plan.”

The industry’s national lobby group, the Australian Forest Products Association, said that some of the plantation trees currently burning, those used for building products, would take 30 years to regrow. “So, when the fires are finally contained, it will be like a slow-motion train crash as the full downstream consequences are felt,” the association’s chief executive Ross Hampton said.

“Large areas of our plantation forest estate in key forestry regions in NSW, Victoria and South Australia are on fire and the downstream consequences for rural communities will be severe.”

A spokesman for Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said the government was aware of significant loss of logging coupes in East Gippsland but that its immediate focus was on “extinguishing the fires and protecting life”. The Victorian timber industry group VAFI said the full extent of the damage could not yet be assessed.

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Jonathan Comber To Join The Carbotech Project Management Team

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/01/2020 - 13:49

Pierre Lafond, head of Carbotech project management, has announced the nomination of Jon Comber to the position of Project Manager. This announcement supports the growth management plan that was put in place slightly more than a year ago.

Jon Comber will have the main task of taking charge of client projects, from equipment design to installation to implementation on production lines. He will oversee various markets including Canada, the United States and abroad.

With an undergraduate degree in engineering, Jon also has pertinent management experience in manufacturing production and various projects within the forestry industry. He has also supervised infrastructure development and production expansion for a sawmill operation in the northeastern United States over the past few years. His leadership, critical analysis and results orientation, including expertise in sawmill equipment, have convinced us that Jon is the right person to support Carbotech and their clients in numerous projects.

The entire Carbotech management team welcomes Jon Comber and wishes him great success!

About Carbotech 
For the past 30 years, Carbotech has been working in collaboration with sawmill and planing operations to install cutting-edge equipment allowing for efficient production operations and wood plank handling. Continually striving for new designs and patents, Carbotech is a partner of choice on the market thanks to solutions adapted to the needs of each client with engineering, project management, installation and after sales service with CarboCare. The company boasts over 100 employees in whom they have great confidence. Carbotech has various business partners, parts and service distribution centres as well as mechanical response units in order to cover markets around the world. 

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NZ – Money doesn’t just grow on trees … under them too

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/01/2020 - 12:12

Ginseng, New Zealand’s next potential $1 billion export industry has roots in ancient China and is especially suited to New Zealand commercial pine forest plantations reports woodweek.com.

Ginseng is a Traditional Chinese Medicine, that promises a range of health benefits. It has been used for more than 5000 years.

Wild ginseng, grown in China and Korea attracts premium prices due to scarcity, it has a wild (knotted) appearance and high levels of active ingredients – ginsenosides.

The global supply of wild ginseng has decreased as the plant nears extinction in the wild. It is chronically over-harvested and is prone to poaching.
Farmed ginseng is grown in shade houses but is a visibly inferior product with little of the desired wild type characteristics and low concentrations of active ingredients.
Simulated Wild Ginseng is grown under a forest canopy with little or no human input – it is almost identical to premium quality wild ginseng.
Demand for ginseng is expected to increase in China as that country places greater emphasis on traditional Chinese medicines and the herb is classed as a food – traditionally, it has been classified as a medicine.

In New Zealand
KiwSeng’s ginseng grows at the same latitude south as wild ginseng grows in the Northern China and North Korea. Because KiwiSeng’s ginseng is grown naturally over 15 years with no chemical inputs and little human intervention, it can be classified as wild grown ginseng.
New Zealand wild grown ginseng is grown under a forest canopy. Managed pine forests aged from 10 to 28 years of age proving to be an ideal environment.
Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) seeds from Mt Changbai China and North American ginseng grow extremely well under radiata pine forests in the Central North Island.
Ginseng thrives in locations with cold winters, dry summers, volcanic soils and a forest canopy providing 80% shade. The NZ growing environment also has high UV index sunlight and clean water.
Wild grown ginseng plants are typically harvested by hand at a minimum of 15 years or age.
Whole roots must be carefully dug from the soil with extreme care taken not to damage any root tips.

KiwiSeng is the largest producer of wild grown ginseng in New Zealand with 80% of the national production.
The first plants were planted in the early 2000’s.
Massey University research has shown the ginsenoside content of KiwiSeng’s Panax ginseng is 100% higher than the average of the same ginseng grown in China and Korea.
KiwiSeng sells a range of products, including fresh ginseng whole roots, dried whole roots, capsules, liquid extracts, manuka honey and deer-infused products, alcoholic drinks as well as seeds and plants for other growers.
Products are sold mainly in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
KiwiSeng’s ginseng is certified organic for export to several countries.

At a minimum of $2,000 per kg, wild-grown New Zealand ginseng is one of the most valuable crops that can be grown in New Zealand. Revenues over $400,000 per hectare are possible. Inputs are around $80,000 per hectare.
High quality wild-grown ginseng (15+ years old) from New Zealand can fetch prices per kg many times higher and greater revenue per hectare.
Revenue from ginseng growing in planted forest can be substantially higher than from the trees themselves.
Wild-grown ginseng is very complementary to traditional forestry operations and can be grown after the tree crop is thinned and before tree harvest age.
Forest landowners should at least consider ginseng as an understory crop in their forestry plantations. This becomes an extremely attractive option under carbon forestry.

See more at www.kiwiseng.nz
Photo: Glen Chen from KiwiSeng examines a freshly harvested 15-year old ginseng root grown in a Central North Island forest.

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AUSTimber2020 Rescheduled to November

International Forest Industries - Fri, 17/01/2020 - 13:08

The response and recovery efforts to the bushfire crisis are significant and many people and businesses from our timber industry have been directly affected or are working tirelessly to support communities and regions across Australia.

The Australian Forest Contractor Association’s General Manager Stacey Gardiner said “the bushfire crisis will have a lasting impact on our industry and should be the focus over the coming months, as a result we have decided to reschedule AUSTimber2020 until November.”

Ms Gardiner added “AUSTimber is hosted in the central part of the Gippsland region and while we have been fortunate to remain safe, our concentrated support and thoughts continue to be with the communities and areas within our region and across Australia who have suffered loss and are continuing their bushfire fighting efforts.”

AUSTimber Site Manager, Mr Travis Healey said “Our focus is like many in our industry, we are sending our work crews and equipment where they are needed to support communities impacted by the devastating bushfires” Mr Healey, added “We were assisting the firefighting efforts in Queensland and now all of our crews are in north east and south west of Victoria.”

The decision to reschedule AUSTimber2020 required careful consideration of the impact on commitments already in place for the show, including to regional tourism businesses. However, ultimately the AFCA Board and the Planning Committee concluded that rescheduling would enable our timber industry to continue supporting bushfire response, recovery and salvage efforts in the coming months.

AUSTimber Coordinator, Ms Dionne Olsen said “AUSTimber is the largest timber industry show in the southern hemisphere and we have already commenced planning to facilitate a seamless transition to the future show in November.” Ms Olsen added “All tickets which have already been purchased will be honoured in November and the program remains unchanged for the new dates.”

“We also want to recognise and thank our supporters, exhibitors and partners for their positive and proactive response to the decision to reschedule the show” said Ms Olsen. Ms Olsen added “It is their commitment to the success of the show in November that means our communities will still have the opportunity to benefit from over 10,000 national and international attendees visiting Gippsland.”

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Ence opens its new biomass generation plant in Puertollano, Spain

International Forest Industries - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 11:49

Ence opened in Puertollano, Spain its new renewable energy generation plant with low emission biomass of 50 MW, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

The new 50 MW biomass generation plant is a clear example of a just energy transition, contributing very positively to the environment. In fact, it stands out for its high generation of direct, indirect and induced employment (about 27 jobs per installed MW). It will produce an estimated 325,000 MWh / year, equivalent to the energy needs of more than 60,000 people. To do this, it will consume around 238,000 tons / year of biomass, among which is pomace, vine shoots and shoots, olive leaf, and woody forest and agricultural remains.

All of this biomass will comply with the Decalogue of Ence for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel, a pioneering initiative in the Spanish company launched to guarantee its commitment to sustainability in the use of biomass and the care of the environment in the use from this renewable energy source. In addition, the activity of the Puertollano plant will allow a strong reduction in the uncontrolled burning of agricultural stubble – which has a high environmental impact -, while contributing to the maintenance of more than 1,300 direct, indirect and indirect jobs, induced, most of them in rural areas. These jobs will be added to the 500 direct jobs generated by the plant during its construction.

Ence has made an investment of about Euro 100 million in its new plant that has the Best Available Techniques to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment and the highest levels of energy efficiency in such an installation.

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Softree Technical Systems Releases RoadEng 9

International Forest Industries - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 11:35

Softree Technical Systems Inc., a world leader in forest road and engineering software, announced the release of RoadEng Version 9.  This updated version offers a variety of new features for planning cable harvesting operations. (Vancouver January 9, 2020)

Cable harvest planning and analysis using RoadEng 9 can help determine landing locations and road infrastructure.  Working off of a high-resolution digital terrain model (such as LiDAR), users can simultaneously explore multiple areas for deflection for cable harvesting suitability and conduct payload analysis. Harvest planners can review the potential locations in plan, profile, and in data views, allowing them to better determine optimum locations.

“We are seeing a huge increase in investments in LiDAR data across our forestry industry customers” said Erin Wasney, Business Development Manager at Softree, “Version 9 has some key improvements to enhance LiDAR-based planning of cable harvesting operations. You can now plan your roads and cable locations together in conjunction with each other.”

Improved Cable Harvesting Planning Capabilities:

  • Creation of very large digital terrain models from LiDAR.
  • Cable Analysis “Explore-Mode” with colour-coded display of areas of deflection. Simultaneously explore multiple areas for deflection / cable harvesting suitability.
  • Calculation and display of loggable area polygons.
  • Automatic calculation of tail station location.
  • Enhanced profile display for cable setups.
  • Improved field usage with GPS Integration.

RoadEng 9 runs on a Windows tablet, which means users can bring the full engineering program with them to the field. The new version also includes an easier user interface and touch gestures which makes working with RoadEng on a tablet easier than in previous versions. Furthermore, GPS integration means users can track their location in the field while visualizing their LiDAR data and planned cable harvesting locations. This makes visualization and field verification easier than ever before.


Erin Wasney
Business Development Manager
604-519-6222, x. 104
SOURCE: Softree Technical Systems

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Overcome steep odds

International Forest Industries - Wed, 08/01/2020 - 14:15

The new John Deere 959ML can be factory configured for shovel-logging and directional-felling applications, making it easy to harvest logs in areas once thought impassable. Our patented leveling technology delivers exceptional stability on steep slopes, while a live heel improves control and positioning of the log. An industry-exclusive slope-monitoring system displays the total range of motion on the in-cab monitor. And a “tether-ready” field kit and four-point seat harness further help you confidently operate in tough conditions.

“Our 959ML has been a game changer for us. It is very maneuverable in the extreme conditions we work in, and its ability to reach down into a deep ravine and grab timber amazes me. Operators love the spacious cab and impressive visibility. And it delivers the same uptime, reliability, and dealer support I’ve come to expect from John Deere machines.” Andrew Johnson, owner, Wolf Lake Logging Ltd., Courtenay, British Columbia

“Our John Deere 959ML has taken a lot of the work out of hoe chucking. We log in extremely rocky conditions and on steep slopes, but the phenomenal tracking power makes it easy to get around. And with the leveling system, the 959ML is stable and comfortable. It’s a beautiful machine to run.” Rob Boyes, operator, Strongback Timber, Courtenay, British Columbia

To learn more, visit JohnDeere.com/ShovelLogger.

Wolf Lake Logging
2130 Comox Logging Road
Courtenay B.C.
V9N 9M4
Phone: 250-331-9690
Fax: 250-331-9691

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