Forestry company set to expand
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