In late 2009 Wood Marketing Services were contacted by Ric Balfor the TECT Park Manager about the possibility of clearing an area of mid rotation pines on a block that had been purchased. The goal was to develop an adventure park involving user groups and providing them with room and scope to develop facilities, while still maintaining a productive forest. Interestingly enough Carl had been part of the logging in 1992 of this block and had managed the crushing and replanting in 1993 – 1995.
The Council had up till this stage been taking advice from another forestry company. The question was posed as to whether the forest which is mostly un-pruned could be production thinned or whether it had to be waste thinned as they had been told. After assessment of the parks objectives i.e. to be usable land and having seen the land be logged previously we recommended it be production thinned.
Wood Marketing then developed and managed a sustainable forest management plan for the client, enabling both returns to be generated from the forest crop, while working in with the main objective to develop the forest into a recreational park. The relationship has now been ongoing for a number of years, with both parties working hard to continue the success of this forest / recreational area.
In terms of the financial result, instead of the council having to pay $500 per hectare to thin it a return in the hundreds of thousands has been achieved over the past few years of logging. Wood Marketing have been able to organise forestry operations to satisfy various user groups and meet common objectives.
"We have found working with Wood Marketing to be a very satisfying experience as they were always prepared to look at all the options to find the best fit, their reporting and payment has been excellent and ability to work in with user groups and the public in what at times can be deemed as unconventional forestry practices has been exemplary. Because of our scale and multiple parties involved in the decision making it requires a high degree of patience and understanding to operate.
Carl Hanna has applied his depth of forestry knowledge, his comprehensive understanding of the market with a willingness to come up with creative solutions to meet our needs. We look forward to working with Wood Marketing in the future as we move from hosting cutting rights to undertaking our own brand of sustainable forestry in amongst the recreational developments and multiple-value context of the TECT All Terrain Park."