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.

Media contact:

Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests Ltd via info@nelsonforests.com

 

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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Breakthrough in bat recovery project at Pelorus Bridge

by dpadmin on 24th March 2016
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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.  

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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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Planned merger of rural-urban firefighting services gains traction in Nelson

by dpadmin on 22nd March 2016
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Firefighters in Nelson Bays are awaiting decisions on how a planned merger of urban and rural fire services across New Zealand will be funded.  

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Tasman’s Great Taste Trail to expand to include Spooners Tunnel

By Samantha Gee

by dpadmin on 21st March 2016
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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.  

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Forestry firm gives scholarships

by dpadmin on 4th February 2016
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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.  

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