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Truffle crops could transform forest profitability

At $3000 a kilogram, white truffles are a true gourmet delight. Now a team from Plant and Food Research have come up with a way to cultivate the delicacy on pine tree roots, and they say forestry owners could do the same, adding another stream of income to their business.

China/Pentarch jv targets small NZ forest owners

21 August 2014

United Forestry Group, backed by Australian timber marketer Pentarch and China's Xiangyu Group, is targeting small forest owners in New Zealand in a bid to cash in on a looming 'wall of wood' it estimates will generate $30 billion over the next two decades.

Logging foreman fined for death of worker

13 August 2014

A Rotorua logging company crew foreman and director has been fined $35,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation over the death of a worker killed by a falling tree.

Training makes forestry safer

7 August 2014

Competenz forestry manager Mark Preece says that with the right training, the accident and fatality rate for forest workers can be reduced. But the bottom line is that forest harvesting is dangerous work.

Farm forestry rewards patience

26 July 2014

Peter Evans laughs and says wryly, ''Farm foresters are a hardened bunch''.They face ''a lot of disappointment'' and stories of perseverance are legendary.

Axe hangs over Aussie forest scientists

15 July 2014

Strong rumours are circulating in Australia that CSIRO will be sending 33 forestry scientists down the road. If true, the Australian forest industry faces a dismal future says the Australian Forestry Products Association (AFPA).

What is plan to revive forest planting?

12 July 2014

by Mike Williams

The Government has seriously undermined the ETS by allowing extremely cheap carbon credits to be imported, mainly from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Nicholls is 2014 Forester of the Year

8 July 2014

FOA president Paul Nicholls has been honoured as Forester of the Year for outstanding service to the forestry industry. The award – which is one of the industry's highest accolades, recognising contribution, leadership, excellence and integrity – was awarded at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry's annual awards dinner in Napier last night.