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

 

Working together to protect our water quality

By Sandrine Marrassé and Jacquie Walters

by dpadmin on 3rd November 2016
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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.  

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Sharing the forest with our feathered friends

By Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 2nd September 2016
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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 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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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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A Great Industry for Women

By Jacquie Walters & Sandrine Marrassé

by dpadmin on 3rd December 2015
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There are a lot of misconceptions about what people who work in forestry or wood processing do for a living. People imagine someone using a chainsaw in the forest or perhaps carting timber around a log yard. The reality is that forestry and wood processing offer a wide variety of roles and plenty of opportunities for highly skilled professionals. The sector also has great opportunities for women, despite forestry’s reputation as a male-dominated industry. Almost half of the management staff employed by Nelson Management Ltd (the management company for the Nelson Forests estate and Kaituna Sawmill on behalf of owners Global Forest Partners LP) are women, many of whom hold middle or senior management roles and have enjoyed long and successful careers in forestry. Read the full article

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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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