ForestTECH News Issue 34

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.

So, what a difference a month makes. When the last monthly issue came out there were rumblings about our country’s borders potentially being closed. Incoming passengers were increasingly being tested for COVID-19. There were also, of course, the very real issues in getting our logs into China’s congested ports so harvesting crews and those involved in transporting wood were at the time being put back onto reduced hours. And, we at the time thought that was tough.

Roll on four weeks. For the kiwis, as we go to print, the forestry and wood products industries, despite some concerted efforts to get the Government to budge, are currently considered to be non-essential – the only primary sector industry labelled with this particular tag. So, wood harvesting, log transport, wood processing and manufacturing businesses and export operations remain idle. We’re all sitting at home until the “go back to work” button (provided the business, of course, is still afloat) is pushed. In Australia though, like the US and Canada, although self-isolation and travel restrictions have been put in place, forestry, wood processing and construction activities are at this time considered as “essential services” and are still in full swing. Production though is reduced in some industries because of uncertainties in the market.

For this newsletter, we plan on still producing and sending it out to our ever-growing number of readers. In times like these, particularly when in shut-down mode and with the uncertainties surrounding wages, jobs and the future – once we get moving again – it’s critical that we keep the communication channels open. If you have work colleagues you think would benefit from subscribing to this newsletter (it’s free), they can register directly on

For this year’s ForestTECH 2020 event scheduled to run in November, our plan is to keep a watching eye on the current situation and make a call on the series running as scheduled once it becomes clearer.

Now for a bit of news for you. This month we cover what Apple’s new iPad Pro with LiDAR scanner means for the sector and the advanced use of satellites for creating high-resolution 3D imagery. We also highlight drone industry predictions and their use in seedling surveys, underground surveying and fire fighting. 

That’s it for this month. Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood harvesting and transport community. Stay safe and we look forward to perhaps better news this time in one month’s time.

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