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Nelson Forests logging drivers look back with pleasure

By John Cohen-Du Four

by dpadmin on 1st November 2017
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2017 saw the retirement of two of Nelson Forests' longest-serving drivers - Gary Gardiner of Waimea Contract Carriers and Pete Friend from Stuart Drummond Transport. With a combined total of ninety four years on the road, there's not a lot these two haven't' seen.  And while many changes have come and gone, one thing has never wavered: their infectious love for a life behind the wheel. Gary first hit the road as a twenty-year old in the mid 1960s.  "I cut my teeth with Sollys in Collingwood.  They had a fleet of Bedfords and I drove every one of them."   In the 1970s Gary began driving for Irvines.  "They were different times back then,"  he laughs.  "Like when the rail was out - we'd put in 18 to 20 hour days!    I once did a run from Nelson to Christchurch, to Blenheim, to Christchurch, to Invercargill, and back again to Christchurch." Read More

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Taking the pulse of change

By Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 1st September 2017
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Sometimes the significant shifts in an industry are best seen by looking at the way a particular role has changed over time.  We spoke with Quality and Value coordinator for Nelson Management Ltd (NML)* Joan Lang about the massive changes she has seen in her role over the past 10 years.

Joan Lang performs quality control work on a skid site.

  Joan's work involves the management of 1.2 million m³ of log handling for NML annually.  Her job is very much boots on the ground, as she oversees all of the harvesting crews and spends most days of the week out in the field. "Basically I am involved with everything from when the tree hits the ground to when the logs get put onto a truck ready to go to our customers." says Joan

*NML is the management company for Nelson Forests

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$15 million Kaituna Sawmill upgrade a ringing endorsement

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 1st July 2017
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The multimillion-dollar upgrades currently being implemented at Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim are a resounding endorsement for the sawmill's engaged and committed team. Kaituna Sawmill is the wood processing asset owned by Nelson forests Ltd (NFL). NFL itself is owned by Global Forest Partners (GFP), an investment company based in the USA.  The sawmill provides 65 full-time equivalent roles. Kaituna produces some very innovative, high-quality timber products for an extremely competitive global market but, for a number of years, the sawmill has struggled to achieve consistent, year-round energy production using its existing wood-drying technology.   Read the full article

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World-first approach to harvesting-crew management

by dpadmin on 2nd May 2017
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Innovation is at the heart of Nelson Management Ltd (NML*)’s approach in a range of areas within its operation. It is committed to supporting innovation amongst its contractors, but is also continually seeking to incorporate industry-leading practice in its logistics and business intelligence systems. In a world first, NML is implementing a new approach to scheduling harvesting crews that is being watched with a great deal of interest by other forestry companies, both locally and globally. Read the full article

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Combining Forces to care for kea

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 1st March 2017
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kea   If you haven't visited Natureland in a while you have missed the remarkable transformation that is taking place there under the guidance of Natureland Director Meg Rutledge and her dedicated team of staff and trustees. Native plantings are flourishing and the zoo has taken the very deliberate stance of representing the region around it in terms of flora and fauna. There's an area that's been set aside to showcase some of the major regional crops and produce, for example. Importantly, Natureland is also shining a light on one of our region's most iconic species - the kea.   Kea are regarded by many as the most intelligent bird species in the world, says Meg. "They are able to use tools, adapt and learn and teach strategies to other birds, and they can work together to solve problems. they have also shown that they can move into new habitats in search of food - such as above the treeline." Read more

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Working together to protect our water quality

By Sandrine Marrassé and Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 3rd November 2016
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water-qualityWater 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.”  

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Sharing the forest with our feathered friends

By Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 2nd September 2016
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keasIn 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 here  

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Golden Downs: partnership in action

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 4th July 2016
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True partnership is something to which many companies and organisations aspire. Iwi landowner Ngāti Toa Rangatira and local forest company Nelson Management Ltd (NML*—the management company for the Nelson Forests estate) are working together to embody the ethos of partnership in the Golden Downs forest. Golden Downs is a 33,000ha area of forest estate that most people are only familiar with because they pass through it, either heading south from Nelson towards Murchison or on their way to the West Coast. Many people are unaware of the rich history of forest planting and harvesting in the area—and the rich cultural significance of the whenua itself.  

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Clever thinking at the heart of Nelson’s forest industry

By John Cohen-Du Four & Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 4th May 2016
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Ingenuity and innovation can pop up in the most unexpected places. Like while you’re sitting in the cab of your Waratah harvester, swinging around its huge, dinosaur-like harvester head with such control and dexterity it’s like a bionic extension of your own arm, giving you the power, in one seemingly fluid movement, to lift a giant fallen tree, strip it of its branches and bark, and precisely cut it into pre-determined log sizes—all in the time it’s taken so far to read this article.
 

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Nurturing young foresters

By Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 24th March 2016
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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 article  

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