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New Zealand Journal of Forestry Volume 59 Number 4

The February 2015 issue of the New Zealand Journal of Forestry has a Wood Quality theme, summarised by Keith Mackies plea on the need for the New Zealand forest industry to deliver better performing materials; higher yields, more consistent and with properties targeting specific market needs.  Radiata pine has variously been described as a first-class, second-rate timber. Its wood qualities vary: within a tree, between trees from the same stand, and between stands and forests across the country, with some adverse characteristics that are not determined visually in a log or in timber. Three papers describe wood quality variability, the characteristics of juvenile or core wood and wood chemistry applied to compression wood. A fourth paper discusses wood quality and fitness for end use in international markets. A last paper discusses the major challenge to forest harvesting in steep, fragile terrain in identifying areas of potential risk from storm-initiated failures. It argues that the detailed mapping of terrain stability susceptibility is required to improve hazard identification in order to modify practice.


Important Updates

Kirk Award 2014

The Thomas Kirk award which is made every second year was awarded to Dr Andrew McEwen for eminence and recognises outstanding contributions in the field of forestry.

Forester of the Year 2014

Forester of the Year was awarded to Paul Nicholls managing director of Rayonier NZ  for outstanding service to the forestry industry.

The award is one of the highest accolades in the industry  recognising contribution, leadership, excellence and integrity.

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