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

 

Half a century in the hottest seat

by dpadmin on 19th October 2015
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Waimea Rural Fire Authority Operations Manager Doug Ashford counts himself lucky for having started in fire management in the 1960s. Plenty of areas were being burnt of then, and while that wasn’t good for the environment, it provided a fantastic training ground for learning about how fire behaves. “It’s so important that people get used to the noise, heat and smoke that come with fires when they’re training,” says Doug. “They’ve got to be able to keep a cool head in really difficult conditions and that’s something you can’t get from watching videos or reading accounts of fires. You’ve got to have the theory and the practical experience working together.” Read the full article

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Japan trip an eye opener for forestry company

by dpadmin on 19th June 2015
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Our competitive global economy requires businesses to continually look for ways to improve productivity. To achieve that goal, business leaders often focus on reducing direct costs, decreasing overheads, or using tools like new software to create better systems. Implementing new business ideas that are people-focused or require a shift in philosophy is less common but, as Nelson Management Ltd (NML) is finding, it can be an exciting and challenging process that is ultimately rewarding for everyone involved. Read the full article

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Nelson Forests’ scholarship leads to job with the Company

by dpadmin on 19th March 2015
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Danielle is a Bachelor of Forestry Science graduate who recently secured fulltime employment with Nelson Management, which manages the Nelson Forests Ltd estate. She now works as a Technical Forester, analysing and reporting data findings to two managers, while also providing operations and supply chain support. Danielle completed her four-year degree in July 2014, but the time she had spent in Nelson Forests’ Tertiary Scholarship Programme gave her the additional practical experience that equipped her so well for a job. Read the article

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Phil reaches 40-year milestone in Nelson

by dpadmin on 7th February 2015
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Nelson Forests’ Business Support Manager Phil Madill turns 65 this year. That particular milestone is enough to make anyone a little philosophical but then Phil has been clocking up some pretty remarkable anniversaries of late.

Not long ago he reached his ruby wedding anniversary with his wife Sharlene and he also celebrated 40 years of continuous service with Nelson Forests and its predecessors, which go all the way back to iconic forestry, sawmilling and retail company Ellis and Burnand Ltd.

Phil began his forestry career in 1968 having secured one of 30 coveted places as a trainee forest ranger with the New Zealand Forest Service. He started out spending a year working with crews based in Kaingaroa Forest and living in Wairapakau subdivision camp.

The following year he was in Rotorua at the forestry training centre before heading to the Forest Research Institute to learn about forest mensuration. From 1971-1972 he was back in Wairapakau working as a supervisor.

“That’s where I learned how to manage people,” says Phil.

 “My role was driving people to work in the crew bus and organising their day. I was responsible for managing Health and Safety, quality and production and bringing everyone out again at the end of the day. We ran a production bonus system and the crews competed to get the highest bonus each fortnight.”

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Company pays more than just lip service to environmental stewardship

by dpadmin on 19th December 2014
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Many people might not automatically include a forestry company in their list of New Zealand organisations at the vanguard of environment protection, yet Nelson Forests Ltd is one of the Top of the South’s most determined advocates. The Company’s proactive approach goes back to 1996 when Nelson Management Ltd, charged with the duty of managing Nelson Forests’ estate and business practices, established its Environmental Improvement Committee. This undertaking saw Nelson Forests become New Zealand’s first forestry company to earn an ISO14001 qualification for Environmental Management Systems, one of only six New Zealand companies at the time in any industry to be awarded such recognition. Read the article

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Nelson Forests’ scholarship leads to job with the Company

by dpadmin on 7th December 2014
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As the old saying goes, you create your own luck. If ever there was a person this applies to, it’s Danielle Inglis.

Danielle is a Bachelor of Forestry Science graduate who recently secured full- time employment with Nelson Management, which manages the Nelson Forests Ltd estate. She now works as a Technical Forester, analysing and reporting data findings to two managers, while also providing operations and supply chain support. Danielle completed her four-year degree in July 2014, but the time she had spent in Nelson Forests’ Tertiary Scholarship Programme gave her the additional practical experience that equipped her so well for a job. Read the full article

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A forest fit for a Queen

by dpadmin on 19th October 2014
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In1954 more than 1,000 primary schoolchildren gathered in the Golden Downs Forest near Nelson to plant Douglas fir and radiata seedlings they had carefully nurtured from seeds handed out the previous year to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was a misty winter day on that first day of tree planting on June 8. Little did those children know they were beginning an annual tradition that continues to this day and hopefully will continue for many years to come. In September this year the current owners of the trees and the land they grow on, Nelson Forests and Ngāti Toa respectively, joined together to mark the 60th anniversary of tree planting in the area now known as Coronation Forest. Read the article

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Kaituna Sawmill a quiet achiever

by dpadmin on 19th August 2014
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One of the Marlborough community’s less wellknown but important economic assets is Kaituna Sawmill, located just off SH6, a short distance from the Wairau River bridge. The Nelson Forestsowned company employs more than 60 people directly and supports many more suppliers, contractors and service providers in the region. The mill is really only noticeable from the state highway because of the steam from the wood-drying kilns, yet the sheer size and complexity of the business takes many by surprise. Read the article

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New remote control technology for forestry could save lives

by dpadmin on 8th August 2014
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Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew says the results from a trial using remote control technology in tree felling, which could save lives in forestry harvesting operations, show promising results. “During the successful trial the operator was able to successfully fell and bunch several trees from a safe distance at the top of a steep slope using a remote control device,” says Mrs Goodhew. “Much of the forestry work in New Zealand is done on steep land.  The use of remote control to operate machinery on steep land will essentially remove forestry workers from hazardous areas and prevent injuries and death—a valuable and critical step forward for the industry.” The application of remote control technology to tree felling is believed to be a world first. The new technology is being trialled in the Steepland Harvesting programme, which is part of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP). Its key aim is to improve safety and productivity in forestry harvesting operations. The Steepland Harvesting programme, led by Future Forests Research Limited, worked with an innovative harvesting contractor in Nelson, Wood Contracting Nelson Limited, and researchers from Crown Research Institute Scion to integrate remote control technology into a commercial forest harvesting machine. “With the successful trial completed, the programme is moving to the next stages of development which involves integrating the use of video and audio feedback to enable true tele-operation of forest harvesting machinery. “This will enable operators to operate forestry machinery remotely, out of line-of-sight. Importantly, it will mean that forestry workers will no longer need to use chainsaws to fell trees on steep slopes.” In addition to safety benefits mechanised tree harvesting in New Zealand’s steep terrain forests will also significantly reduce costs by improving productivity. “The Steepland Harvesting programme has also made significant progress to date with the release of other exciting breakthroughs.  These include the ClimbMAX harvester, a new ground-based harvesting machine which can fell and bunch logs on steep slopes. “This harvester uses a computer controlled hydraulic winch system that helps with traction and mobility and allows the machine to operate safely on steep slopes. Four of these machines have been built and are now in commercial operation with a fifth under construction. “A new camera system called CutoverCam has also been developed. It uses wireless camera technology to provide clear views of operations to hauler operators who no longer need to rely on radio messages and sound signals from ground crews, while a new HarvestNav on-board navigation system provides important information on harvest area terrain. “These are exciting breakthroughs that mark significant steps towards ensuring forestry workers are kept out of harm’s way, and at the same time increase the productivity of forest harvesting operations.” - Jo Goodhew

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Culture is the key to working safely in the forest

by dpadmin on 19th June 2014
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Safety in our forests is a pressing issue, particularly given the tragic loss of life that has occurred during the past year. Nelson Forests Ltd’s Managing Director, Lees Seymour, believes that creating a culture where people are safe is about treating staff like they are your family. “It’s not about blaming – it’s easy to blame people.” Many factors contribute to any incident, he says. These include the business culture and practices, management systems, training and education. Nelson Forests’ Health and Safety Manager, Les Bak, agrees and says that it’s important that safety doesn’t become overcomplicated with systems and procedures. “Leaders need to focus on culture,” says Les. “The key to a good safety culture is simple: lead from the top, care about your people, never compromise, and avoid surprises.” Read the article

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