Forestry com­pany set to ex­pand

Wairarapa News - - FARMING - STAFF RE­PORTER

Master­ton-based for­est in­vest­ment and man­age­ment com­pany For­est En­ter­prises has ap­pointed a Gis­borne-based re­gional man­ager to boost the man­age­ment of its 10,000-plus hectare for­est es­tate in the Gis­borne re­gion.

Dan Fraser took up the new role this month, and man­ag­ing direc­tor Steve Wil­ton said he was de­lighted with Fraser’s ap­point­ment.

‘‘Dan’s pro­fes­sional forestry ex­per­tise sup­ports our fo­cus on har­vest­ing in Gis­borne,’’ he said.

‘‘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.’’

‘‘This is our first ap­point­ment out­side of Master­ton since the busi­ness started in 1972,’’ he added.

‘‘Dan’s ap­point­ment also brings our team up to 17 staff mem­bers for the first time, and we’re still grow­ing.’’

For­est En­ter­prises ex­pects to dou­ble its 2016 harvest vol­ume from its forests in Gis­borne this year.

The com­pany be­gan the ma­jor pro­gramme of har­vest­ing its Gis­borne forests in Fe­bru­ary 2016 with one log­ging crew, and has a third crew about to start.

Vol­ume from For­est En­ter­prises’ Wairarapa harvest op­er­a­tions con­tin­ues to in­crease year on year since it started log­ging in earnest in 2010. It reached 330,000 tonnes in 2016. ‘‘We re­planted more than 490 hectares of har­vested area in the Wairarapa this win­ter,’’ Wil­ton said.

‘‘That’s about half a mil­lion ra­di­ata seedlings. It’s one of the big­gest re­plant pro­grammes in the Wairarapa this sea­son.’’

Fraser, who has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in re­lated fields, said he was look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the com­pany’s 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,’’ he said.

For­est En­ter­prises man­ages 59 forests on be­half of its in­vestors and nine for pri­vate for­est own­ers.

For­est En­ter­prises’ Wairarapa forests make up 45 per cent of the com­pany’s to­tal es­tate un­der man­age­ment, with 5 per cent in Hawkes Bay

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