NZ Logger Magazine | June 2024
June 2024 Shaws Iron Test

Shaws Iron Test; One quick slash grapple

     Story & photos: Tim Benseman

You know things are going to get interesting when you are still 20 kilometres from the skid north of Gisborne and the road, halfway up the range, surrounded by grass paddocks for miles, suddenly looks like a hillbilly’s driveway due to cyclone damage. Out the gate steep and narrow and it’s got a twist in it. Surely log trucks or even regular trucks would fall off the side of this trail? Maps app says it’s a public road.

We have just driven past big warning signs announcing major risks ahead. I guess this is...

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June 2024 Looking Back

Looking Back; A day in the sawmill

In this pictorial, Ron Cooke, a former Taumarunui engineer and now a sprightly 84-year-old historian happily researching and publishing local King Country events from ...

June 2024 Biomass

Biomass: Revolutionary plans for NZ’s forestry resources

Volumes of harvested trees on skid sites and landings may soon be manufactured by specialised plants locally. Every scrap of timber will be processed into a variety of...

Forest Talk

  • Deep South muscle

    Deep South muscle

    David Macallum and his three sons, along with a couple of other crew members, are working smoothly and efficiently when our Iron Test team arrives at Macallu...

  • End of costly log trade legislation

    End of costly log trade legislation

    Government will repeal legislation requiring the compulsory registration of log traders and forestry advisers, says Forestry Minister, Todd McClay.“The curre...

  • Invest in science and research

    Invest in science and research

    A coalition has been launched to campaign against cuts to science and science funding in New Zealand. The Save Science Coalition is a group of organisations,...

  • Large woody debris in the spotlight

    Large woody debris in the spotlight

    Principal Scientist at Gisborne District Council, Dr Murry Cave, shared his groundbreaking research on the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle and the role of Large...

  • New quality standard for Australian forestry

    New quality standard for Australian forestry

    In Australia, forest growers and contracting businesses are strengthening risk management and increasing confidence in forest products with the signing of th...

  • Plant a tree for Arbor Day

    Plant a tree for Arbor Day

    In support of Arbor Day which took place on 5 June, The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) has planted one tree for each of its members and called upon...

  • Steep terrain, specialised cartage

    Steep terrain, specialised cartage

    Combine a steep forest road network, erodible terrain, high-cost earthworks and destructive weather events and you’ve got a recipe for finding new log transp...

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