Seeing off the threats to our forestry businesses

SA Forestry magazine editor, Chris Chapman reports on the recent FSA Annual General Meeting... The debate around expropriation of land

Clearing the ground for mechanised planting operation

Valtra tractor with FAE mulching head performs vital function for Idube Forestry contractors in southern KZN. Forestry is tough work.

Tigercat’s latest leveling harvester lands in SA

A leading harvesting contractor operating in the Weza area has purchased the first Tigercat LH822D harvester in South Africa. The

Optimising interaction between silviculture and harvesting systems

By Simon Ackerman and Sally Upfold The footprint of plantation forestry has changed significantly over recent years, with an increase

‘Protection’ forestry in Switzerland

CMO was recently commissioned by the Valais canton in Switzerland to conduct an investigation into their harvesting costs and to

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 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

With the onset of what promises to be a cold winter, this photo provides a timely reminder of what happens to wattle trees when it snows. No! It’s not a good idea to plant wattle if snow is a possibility. The only thing you could use these broken trees for is firewood. The photo was taken near Weza a few years ago. Find out more about trees and snow... Link in bio. #trees #wood #forestry #timber #logging #forestryafrica #wattle #snow ...

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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