• 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!

  • Spruce Bark Beetle

    Will European Spruce Continue to Compete in Asian Markets?

    10th March 2020

    The spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) is native to Europe and is normally present in manageable populations. The problem with Spruce in Mainland Europe is that a lot of it was originally planted offsite.  Now with lots of stressed trees around and mild winters unable to knock back populations it has become such a big problem.

  • Biofuel Briquettes – For Renewable Energy Generation

    9th March 2020

    There is ongoing debate about the management of natural forests and in specific fuel load reduction in natural forests in parts of the US and in Australia.  There is also the question of residue utilisation from plantation forests. Briquettes is a relatively simple renewable energy product that can be produced from forest waste material.