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

Forestry the backbone of development in rural KZN

Forestry, farming, eco-tourism, sawmilling, training … The pioneering Umgano Community Initiative, built on a solid foundation of forestry, has progressed

Drought relief efforts in Zululand

The drought continues to deplete water resources, especially around Paulpietersburg, Piet Retief and in northern Zululand. Mondi and SiyaQhubeka Forests

Skills development through wood

This year the Working with Wood Show, held in partnership with the Association of Woodturners South Africa (AWSA), is to

The expert witness: investigating veld and forest fires

So you had a fire – five years ago which is thankfully a distant memory, or is it? The legal

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

Bee wise project aims to curb fires and boost rural incomes

An innovative project to train people in safe and sustainable bee-keeping in northern Zululand addresses the twin challenges of creating

Integrating cultural and heritage resources into forest management

By Coen Nienaber and Michal Brink The constitutional and legislative definitions of ‘environment’ include cultural and heritage resources. But as

FSC news: certification, strategies and untouched forests

Certification growing in Africa The perception that natural resources in Africa are being stripped and consumed wholesale by developed economies

Forestry shows the way in rural development

An exciting new concept in rural development is taking shape on forestry land, halfway between Piet Retief and Ermelo in


Land claims have a significant impact on the forestry industry and cause a number of different issues, debates and outcomes.

Ozwathini – Community forest certification

This film shows the challenges faced by a community of small-scale plantation owners in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, as they look

More than trees

The world's forests must be recognized as "more than trees", the XIV World Forestry Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa,

WFC day two: Conservation, sustainability and job creation

The world's forestry community got down to the serious work of plotting a sustainable future for people and trees yesterday

Stop deforestation before it’s too late

Day One of the long-awaited World Forestry Congress kicked off at Durban’s International Convention Centre with an impressive march-past by

Eco-coffins create jobs in KZN

Cedara's community Eco-Coffins Project creatively tackles unemployment, invasive alien species, water scarcity and exorbitant funeral costs in South Africa...

Community forestry project generates jobs in rural KZN

Biggest community forestry project creates 600 jobs in rural KwaZulu-Natal

Sihleza Community ready to plant trees

Forestry is catching on in the Umzimkulu district of southern KwaZulu-Natal, with another community forestry project about to kick off.

Umgano Sawmill taking shape

The Mabandla community of southern KwaZulu-Natal, one of the pioneers of community-owned forestry in South Africa, is taking their timber

Certification of Small Growers

Breaking down the barriers to small and medium-scale certification...

Setting up a community honey project

James Ballantyne of Rural Forest Development explains how a honey bee pilot project was set up at the Zintwala community

Small growers planning for bigger things

The contribution of small growers to the forestry industry is often under-estimated. Most of them have small patches of commercial

Creating a platform for community involvement in forestry business

Mondi Zimele provides crucial business support for a community contracting business ... Members of the kwaZiqongwana Community Trust, Mkhwetha Trading,

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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