NZ Logger Magazine | November 2023
November 2023 Shaws Iron Test

Shaws Iron Test; Super quick, super stable

     Story & photos: Tim Benseman

As we venture into the deep south between Invercargill and Fiordland in search of an eight-wheeled Komatsu harvester at Bluewood Thinning’s operation, we notice a lot of the trees scattered on flat farmland seem to be about 15% taller than similar trees in the North Island. The Iron Test team throws around various theories as to what might cause this.

The long rolling hills of Southland look like ideal ground for growing Douglas fir trees too, but that theory doesn’t pan out once we get in the forest. Maybe a...

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November 2023 Looking Back

Looking Back; The Dayak Queen

Forestry pioneer, Ross Lockyer, is back with an excerpt from his third book (of five), The River is my Highway: A New Zealand Forest Ranger in the Jungles of Borneo. H...

November 2023 Special Feature

Special Feature; Slash deluge hits Queenstown

Otago’s prime tourist resort gets hit by an extreme weather bomb, right in the middle of a Skyline logging operation above Queenstown’s CBD. It was bound to happen a...

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