PAPER BY : Donald King, GM, Interpine Forestry Ltd
PRESENTED AT : FIEA Conference 2001
A study completed in 1986 (Murphy and Twaddle) concluded that 40% of the value of a forest could be lost in the harvesting process.
Interpine Forestry Ltd has been working with several companies during 2001 installing processes to reduce the value loss at harvest. This paper is a summary of two of those studies.
“You cannot manage what you cannot measure”
To determine value loss you need to establish points at which to measure value during
the harvesting process. These points are :
1. Inventory – standing trees sampled using MARVL
2. At logmaking – entire stems on landing.
3. At weighbridge – processed logs delivered to a customer.
4. The market opportunity