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

 

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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25 years on: culture shock of forest privatisation leads to winning formula

by dpadmin on 7th May 2014
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March 1987 was a difficult time for local forestry workers and their families. Their beloved Crown- owned New Zealand Forest Service ceased to exist, replaced by a new organisation known as the Forestry Corporation. The Corporation was to last for only three years, but it marked the radical creation of the very first of the Lange/Douglas government’s new and controversial State-Owned Enterprises.
Along with its subsidiary, NZ Timberlands Limited, the Forestry Corporation was to be based on private industry models, meaning it would be profit driven. This culture shock initially took its toll on staff when they learned there would be employment for only about one- third of the current work force...
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Nelson Forests Ltd

by dpadmin on 19th April 2014
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The forestry sector is one of the most important contributors to the Nelson-Tasman economy, as an employer, port customer, supplier of raw materials to local businesses, and as an exporter. Plantation forests in the region are managed sustainably, providing jobs for local people for more than four generations. Forestry’s importance, particularly to the Tasman region, is clearly demonstrated in the latest six-monthly figures from the Nelson Regional

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Nelson Forests Ltd

by dpadmin on 7th April 2014
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Nelson Forests helps to drive forestry’s huge contribution to Nelson-Tasman

The forestry sector is one of the most important contributors to the Nelson-Tasman economy, as an employer, port customer, supplier of raw materials to local businesses, and as an exporter. Plantation forests in the region are managed sustainably, providing jobs for local people for more than four generations. Forestry’s importance, particularly to the Tasman region, is clearly demonstrated in the latest six-monthly figures from the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency measuring the relative contribution of various sectors to the local economy. Agency Chief Executive Bill Findlater says the forestry sector (which includes timber processing) can lay claim to contributing about $430 million to the region’s
GDP. This puts it just behind the horticulture sector, which contributes $431 million. (The figures quoted are from 2012 but Mr Findlater believes 2013 figures will be on a par.) Read the full article

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