HarvestTECH News | Issue 39

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Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.

In New Zealand, the news over the last month has been dominated by Cyclone Gabrielle and its aftermath. The cyclone cut off communities and caused widespread flooding and destruction to homes, businesses and infrastructure. As the clean-up continues, one key debate will be on how we, the forest industry and other land users, can better prepare for future extreme weather events. 

In this edition of HarvestTECH.News, we’ll be covering a range of exciting stories, including:

  1. John Deere’s newest piece of forestry machinery – a mid-size crawler log loader. A major feature of the new design is the ease of transport, given its small footprint.
  2. Plantation thinning for carbon, timber and innovation. Forico is adding carbon through early thinning and moving their hardwoods from a short to long rotation crop.
  3. Fears for forestry contractor livelihoods. The impact of Cyclone Gabrielle has extensively damaged the region’s forestry sector. Government support is needed to help local workers and businesses stay afloat.
  4. SCA test-drives a centipede forest machine. The Swedish forestry giant SCA is testing out a new forest machine designed for thinning and logging in tight spaces.
  5. Drone footage shows forestry windthrow from cyclone. Check out the damage from above in this video. 
  6. FEA Update: China softwood log inventories.  An update on log inventories shows a decline in inventory levels due to factors such as increased demand and reduced supply from some of the major exporters.
  7. Hydrogen technology to debut on international stage.
  8. Forestry contractors chipping in with clean-up. Another article highlights the efforts of forestry contractors who are chipping in to help with the clean-up efforts following the cyclone. 
  9. February 2023 NZ log market update. There are reports that at least 26 contractors have left the East Coast of NZ in the past 12 months.

So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in forestry.

Check out all the stories this month below. 

Remember, please send through any stories or video you want us to pass onto the wider wood harvesting and log transport community. 

Stories this issue:

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