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Forest Call Episode 5

By |2018-10-03T12:51:53+13:00September 6th, 2018|Wood is Good, Forestry Updates|

NZFOA  ||  Forest Call Episode 5 makes a call on Climate Change, what trees can do about resisting it and how it works. Plus an interview with Murray Sherwin, Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commision following the release of the Commission's final report on a low-emissions economy. Forest Call is produced by the New Zealand [...]

Forest Call Episode 4

By |2018-10-03T12:53:27+13:00August 31st, 2018|Wood is Good, Forestry Updates|

NZFOA  ||  Forest Call Episode 4 looks at high rise timber construction using laminated veneer lumber engineering for the Beatrice Tinsley Building at the University of Canterbury and where LVL is made at Nelson Pine. Forest Call is produced by the New Zealand Forest Owners' Association. Growing the forest story: Forest Call Forestry has come [...]

Forest Call Episode 3

By |2018-10-03T12:55:08+13:00August 31st, 2018|Wood is Good, Forestry Updates|

NZFOA  ||  In Episode 3 of Forest Call, Don Carson talks to Paul Burridge from Summit Forests about the career opportunities for young people in forestry – the sector with the most guaranteed growth curve. This episode also examines how a root fungus is being used to replace fungicides and promote healthier trees. Forest Call is produced by [...]

Forest Call Episode 2

By |2018-10-03T12:57:14+13:00August 31st, 2018|Wood is Good, Forestry Updates|

NZFOA  ||  Episode 2 of Forest Call looks at kārearea (New Zealand falcon) and kākā, two quite different examples of endangered bird species in our plantation forests. And Don Carson talks to Scion’s fire research team in Christchurch who are bracing for the predicted increase in extreme fires, such as Port Hills in 2017. Forest [...]

Forest Call Episode 1

By |2018-10-03T13:08:46+13:00August 31st, 2018|Wood is Good, Forestry Updates|

NZFOA  ||  Join Don Carson for an inside look into Forestry in New Zealand. Episode 1 of Forest Call has an extensive interview with Forestry Minister Shane Jones, plus new technology being used in our forests. Forest Call is produced by the New Zealand Forest Owners' Association. Growing the forest story: Forest Call Forestry has [...]

Is forestry biomass carbon neutral?

By |2019-10-22T15:14:21+13:00July 18th, 2018|Wood is Good|

WoodWeek, 18 July 2018   ||   Wood energy will play a vital role in helping New Zealand transition to a low-emissions future through conversions that replace fossil fuel use for heat and process energy. The Carbon Zero Bill - the legislation that will guide New Zealand to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 – is now out for [...]

Kiwi company makes ‘green’ graphite from forestry waste

By |2018-06-20T15:03:50+12:00June 20th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Blenheim company CarbonScape has patented and innovative method for turning waste sawdust, such as from common radiata pine, into valuable graphite. Graphite is used in many applications such as lithium-ion batteries and is considered a 'strategic mineral' by the US. It is currently mined, with the bulk coming from China, and synthetic graphite is produced [...]

XLam invests for prefab housing boom

By |2018-06-15T14:45:40+12:00May 16th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Nelson-based XLam helps make prefabricated buildings and has invested $35 million in the business, as it anticipates a boom in the market for prefab homes. XLam is New Zealand's only manufacturer of cross-laminated timber (CLT); panels of layered timber boards, currently radiata pine, used to make certain prefab buildings that can be largely constructed off-site. [...]

Japan team invents ‘wood alcohol’ drink

By |2018-06-15T14:50:20+12:00May 15th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Researchers at Japan's Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute have invented a way of producing an alcoholic drink made from wood. They are able to preserve the specific flavour of each tree's wood. So far, they have produced tipples from cedar, birch and cherry. The team hopes to have their 'wood alcohol' on shelves within three years. [...]

Super wood stronger than steel

By |2018-05-14T10:02:28+12:00May 14th, 2018|Wood is Good|

Materials that are both strong and tough are difficult to find in nature, but a team from the University of Maryland has succeeded in 'densifying' wood to make it stronger than steel - but six times lighter. Read more: Super Wood - Rebekah White for New Zealand Geographic UMD Researchers Create Super Wood Stronger Than [...]