• Australian Softwood Log Price Trend Anomaly

    2nd June 2020

    Between June 2015 and June 2017 MGP10 prices trended down in real terms in the middle of the most recent and prolonged construction boom. This trend apparently bucked conventional wisdom that prices increase in times of high demand. Three trends in the market were apparent which may explain this unusual event. They are: The increase […]

  • Should New Zealand Export Its Logs?

    17th April 2020

    New Zealand currently exports around NZD3.5 billion of unprocessed roundwood a year[1]. New innovative wood products combined with environmentally friendly construction can create value-adding alternatives which would more than double the current value of roundwood exports. The export of commodities in return for a free flow of finished goods in a global free trading market […]

  • Eucalyptus Trees Abound But A Shortage Of Face Masks

    8th April 2020

    The ongoing Corona virus pandemic and a desperate scramble to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical staff is leaving many countries exposed and is putting lives at risk. Australia is a leading exporter of eucalyptus wood fibre which can be a major component of face masks, but they cannot be produced locally because […]

  • Let Australian Foresters Manage our Forests!

    12th March 2020

    Australia’s forests are complex and understanding their differences takes a lifetime. After nearly 40 years working in Australia’s forests, I continue to learn new things but one thing I am certain about, there is no “one size fits all” management regime. Mother nature and our forests have sent us a very big message over the last 8 months.
    Change our management systems or expect more of these mega fires and all the distress they cause!