For­est man­agers ex­pand­ing in New Zealand

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

TWO FOR­EST MAN­AGE­MENT COM­PA­NIES HAVE EX­PANDED THEIR re­spec­tive op­er­a­tions in New Zealand in line with the in­crease in the na­tional har­vest.

For­est En­ter­prises, the Master­ton-based for­est in­vest­ment and man­age­ment com­pany, has ap­pointed Dan Fraser to take up the role of Re­gional Man­ager to boost the man­age­ment of its 10,000plus hectare for­est es­tate in Gis­borne. Dan was pre­vi­ously with Hiku­rangi For­est Farms.

“Dan’s pro­fes­sional forestry ex­per­tise sup­ports our fo­cus on har­vest­ing in Gis­borne,” says the For­est En­ter­prises’ Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Steve Wil­ton.

“He will com­ple­ment the strate­gic al­liance we have with Logic For­est So­lu­tions Lim­ited, our Gis­borne for­est su­per­vi­sor. Dan and Logic work from the same of­fice, which is ef­fi­cient for both com­pa­nies and ef­fec­tive for our whole Gis­borne op­er­a­tion.

“Our forests in the Gis­borne re­gion make up half of the to­tal for­est es­tate we manage, so the in­creased and on­go­ing har­vest up there will be sig­nif­i­cant for us.

“We’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this growth in the Wairarapa too and we know from ex­pe­ri­ence that hav­ing a se­nior man­ager on-site pro­vides all-im­por­tant con­tin­u­ous lo­cal ex­per­tise as well as re­la­tion­ship man­age­ment. Un­til now, this has been pro­vided in Gis­borne by our Master­ton-based se­nior ex­ec­u­tives trav­el­ling reg­u­larly.

“This is our first ap­point­ment out­side of Master­ton since the busi­ness started in 1972. Dan’s ap­point­ment also brings our team up to 17 staff mem­bers for the first time, and we’re still grow­ing.”

For­est En­ter­prises this year ex­pects to dou­ble its 2016 har­vest vol­ume from its forests in Gis­borne. The com­pany be­gan har­vest­ing its East Coast es­tate in Fe­bru­ary 2016 with one log­ging crew and has a third crew about to start. Vol­ume from For­est En­ter­prises’ Wairarapa har­vest op­er­a­tions con­tinue to in­crease year-on-year since log­ging started in earnest in 2010, reach­ing 330,000 tonnes last year.

“We re­planted more than 490 hectares of har­vested area in the Wairarapa this win­ter,” says Mr Wil­ton. “That’s about half a mil­lion ra­di­ata seedlings. It’s one of the big­gest re­plant pro­grammes in the Wairarapa this sea­son.”

He goes on to say that Mr Fraser’s ex­pe­ri­ence in ex­ten­sive green fields har­vest plan­ning, road con­struc­tion projects, strate­gic plan­ning and con­tract man­age­ment will add value to the whole For­est En­ter­prises op­er­a­tion.

“My pri­or­ity is to en­sure that we achieve max­i­mum prof­itabil­ity for our in­vestors from the har­vest of their Gis­borne forests,” says Mr Fraser. “I will be par­tic­u­larly fo­cussed on at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing top per­form­ing con­trac­tors, en­sur­ing they have a ro­bust, sus­tain­able sup­port net­work around them so they can con­sis­tently meet our high en­vi­ron­men­tal and safety goals.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with our con­trac­tors. I’m pas­sion­ate about build­ing highly suc­cess­ful teams and one of the most re­ward­ing things for me over the years has been help­ing young keen op­er­a­tors grow into highly suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies.”

For­est En­ter­prises man­ages 59 forests on be­half of its in­vestors and nine for pri­vate for­est own­ers. For­est En­ter­prises’ Wairarapa forests make up 45% of the com­pany’s to­tal es­tate un­der man­age­ment, with 5% in Hawkes Bay.

Mean­while, down in the South Is­land, PF Olsen has es­tab­lished a new re­gional of­fice for South Can­ter­bury in Ti­maru.

At the open­ing, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Peter Clark said the firm, one of the largest in its sec­tor in Aus­trala­sia, pro­duc­ing tim­ber from 330,000 hectares across New Zealand and Aus­tralia, re­gards the new re­gional of­fice as a “lo­cal ex­ten­sion” of its in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions.

He says: “We have well es­tab­lished of­fices in Christchurch and Dunedin, but there is a lot of coun­try and a lot of forestry blocks in be­tween – we need feet on the ground, we need to be close to forests and their own­ers.”

The new of­fice is close to Ti­maru’s PrimePort, which is a key part of PF Olsen’s re­gional set up, ac­cord­ing to Mr Clark, adding: “Log ex­ports are im­por­tant as they pro­vide a mar­ket for parts of the tree that most New Zealand sawmillers can­not utilise well, and it un­der­writes the eco­nomic re­turns that for­est own­ers need to keep plant­ing forests.”

Last year 400,000 tonnes of logs were shipped out from Ti­maru port and the ad­di­tion of PF Olsen us­ing the port to ex­port means PrimePort now has four log­ging ex­porters

The new PF Olsen Ti­maru of­fice is one of sev­eral satel­lite of­fices work­ing un­der the Can­ter­bury branch in the North­ern South Is­land re­gion.


Dan Fraser is the new Gis­borne Re­gional Man­ager for For­est En­ter­prises.

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