In the media
Nelson Forests has many great stories to tell about the work of its contractors and staff. If you are a member of the media who is interested in writing or broadcasting a forestry-related story we look forward to hearing from you.
Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests Ltd via firstname.lastname@example.org
Water quality is a pressing issue for communities around New Zealand. One of the contributing factors to diminished water quality is fine sediment. Sedimentation is a natural process in which sand, silt and clay, transported in the water, come to rest on the riverbed, forming a solid layer. While sediment in our waterways is a natural occurrence, levels that are too high can cause harm within natural ecosystems. Human land use activities around waterways, such as road construction, farming, urban development and forest harvesting activities, can suddenly increase the amount of fine sediment that enters the system and have detrimental effects on water quality and the plants and animals that live there. Nelson Management Ltd. (NML*) invited experts from around the country to come together to discuss sedimentation and its relationship to forestry activity, ahead of its upcoming Environmental Management System review. NML extended an invitation to attend the workshop event to a wide range of agencies including Ngāti Toa o Rangatira, Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman District Councils, universities, Cawthron Institute, the Ministry of Primary Industries, science institutes, Fish & Game, other forest owners and the company’s own contractors, and Crown Research Institutes such as Landcare Research, Scion and NIWA. NML’s Estate Value Manager Andy Karalus says the company is aware of sedimentation concerns amongst both specialists in that area of environmental management and the wider community, and initiated the workshop after reading media coverage that conflicted with the company’s monitoring results. “The coverage was pointing the finger at forestry as being responsible for excess sediment in coastal waterways,” says Andy. “I compared this with the freshwater monitoring that we do in catchments, which shows pine plantations generally deliver high quality water, and couldn’t reconcile the two. We decided to get everyone in the room together and see if we could learn something.”Read more
By Sandrine Marrassé
In 2014 a group of curious kea visiting a forestry block was the catalyst for what is sure to be a long-lasting collaboration between the Kea Conservation Trust and Nelson Management Ltd (NML* — the management company for the Nelson Forests estate). Kea are unusual in that they actively seek out interaction with people and property. The group of inquisitive birds was visiting and damaging logging equipment at one of NML’s harvesting sites, and the crew contacted NML’s Environmental Planner Heather Arnold to ask what could be done about the visiting kea. Heather contacted the Department of Conservation (DOC) for advice and they suggested she get in touch with Andrea Goodman, the Kea Conservation Trust’s Kea Conflict Management Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Top of The South. Andrea’s role was newly created as a response to the high number of kea/human conflicts in the Tasman region in 2014… Wild Tomato, Sept 2016—Read the full article hereRead more
By John Cohen-Du Four & Sandrine Marrassé
Ecologist Brian Lloyd weighs one of the long-tailed bats that was caught as part of the Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project. After hundreds of volunteer hours trapping and countless nights spent at the Pelorus Bridge, the capture of two critically endangered long-tailed bats is a breakthrough for those who have been working to protect them from extinction.Read more
Scholarships give a leg-up to forestry students that not only enriches the industry, but can lead to surprising directions. Nelson Management Ltd (the management company for Nelson Forests Ltd) has been providing scholarships to tertiary students since 2000, supporting a total of 16 so far (usually more than one student is supported annually, in different stages of their tertiary studies). Many recipients have gone on to find rewarding employment in the forestry industry, fulfilling a variety of roles throughout New Zealand. Others have received a leg-up to related careers overseas. Click to Read full articleRead more
By Samantha Gee
A former railway tunnel that has been closed for more than 50 years will soon be open to cyclists as part of Tasman's Great Taste Trail. At close to 1.4 kilometres long, Spooners Tunnel will be the longest tunnel open to cycling in New Zealand and the southern hemisphere.Read more
A Richmond-based company is ringing in 2016 with its 16th scholarship to a budding Kiwi foresters. Nelson Management Limited (NML), which is the management company for Nelson Forests has provided the scholarships each year since 2000. The 2016 recipient is Georgie Holdaway who is currently completing a degree in forestry engineering at the University of Canterbury.Read more
New Year commitments are made to be broken, right?
Not for Doug Davidson, a recent arrival to Marlborough, who was looking for a challenge for the next 12 months.Read more