Lessons from the makeshift nurseries of yesteryear

When the forestry industry started to diversify into eucalypts back in the 1960s, many of us found ourselves in unknown

Winnie's Logging Services mechanises to boost productivity

Some of the earliest gold discoveries in South Africa were made in the hills surrounding Barberton in Mpumalanga. This brought

From axe to chainsaw and everything in between

The earliest harvesting foresters on record were cave men. We know that because they left the coals and ashes of

Modernisation of silviculture is imminent and unstoppable

The forestry value chain runs through logistics (transport), engineering (harvesting), protection and silviculture. This is the chain from the top

Forestry Plant & Equipment: growing and diversifying

Phillip Hall, often referred to as ‘Mr Mechanisation’ in forestry circles, is one of the most experienced people in South

Affordable step-up into mechanised harvesting

An innovative, new timber harvesting system, designed and manufactured by Zululand-based Matriarch Equipment, offers growers and contractors an affordable solution

NCT Tree Farmer Awards

The NCT tree farmers of the year for 2017 are Geoff Wolhuter (commercial farmer) of New Hanover, and Mandla Mvelase

Celebrating 70 years of forestry research

This year the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) is celebrating 70 years of research work that has contributed enormously

Log Max E6 – more productive, more reliable, more support

The Eucalyptus industry in South Africa is constantly expanding and evolving. The trees are constantly improving through careful breeding and

Umvoti field day: Lizard makes its mark

A South African designed and built all-terrain loader, known as the Lizard, made its debut at a field day in

Innovative local solutions for forestry in Southern Africa

Focus on Forestry 2017 The keenly anticipated Focus on Forestry conference held at Cedara in the KZN midlands in April

New technology focuses on operator safety and comfort

By Andrew McEwan andrew@cmo.co.za The use of technology in harvesting is a given. Technology is what enables us to harvest

Celebrating 125 years in the timber business

George Parkes & Sons, Knysna-based suppliers of indigenous hardwood and softwood timber, has survived wars, global financial crises and natural

The new Tigercat 610E grapple skidder has landed in SA

The first Tigercat 610C grapple skidder was introduced into the South African forestry industry some 10 years ago. It was

Small-scale growers field day at Ozwathini

It’s not so much about how you establish your woodlot – it’s more about how you maintain the growing trees

Version 3.0 of the South African National Forest Stewardship Standard

SDGSA is delighted to share with you Version 3.0 of the South African National Forest Stewardship Standard (NFSS). This will

R & B Group steps up a level in treated pole business

The recent acquisition of the Masonite Plantations by the R & B Group has boosted this family-owned business’ raw material

KISS planting system keeps it simple and productive

“Simple, reliable, easy to maintain … effective!”  This is how silviculture contractor Jabulani Shange describes the tractor-driven boom planter developed

NCT Small-scale Tree Farmer of the Year 2016

Small-scale timber grower Mdumiseni Msomi is NCT’s Farmer of the Year for 2016 in the category of farms managed on

NCT Tree Farmer of the Year 2016

David Davidson of KwaMbonambi has been selected as NCT’s Tree Farmer of the Year for 2016, in the category of

STIHL’s new MS 382 chainsaw unveiled

STIHL’s brand new MS 382 chainsaw has arrived. The MS 382, the enhanced version of the legendary MS 381, which

New Waratah head handles trees with kid gloves for quality poles

An exciting development for forestry mechanisation in Southern Africa is the introduction by Bell Equipment of the Waratah H290 Harvester

Sappi goes the mulching route in Zululand

Mulching is one of those operations that most forestry folk you talk to say they would like to do –

Finding solutions in the southern Cape

Forestry, timber supply, jobs, government imperatives, invasive alien plants, fire risk, water resources, biodiversity, conservation … a potent cocktail of

Mulching of harvest residues is rapidly gaining ground in South African forestry, and is proving to be a game changer. Link in bio. Image courtesy of Savithi Mulching.

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