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Precision forestry for pulpwood re-establishment silviculture


The Southern African pulp and paper industry has a strong export focus and operates in an open global market. In a global context, wood is a commodity product and an ongoing strategy of reduction in the unit cost of timber delivered to mill gate and understanding wood properties to add value in the mill, is important to low cost "fit for purpose" fibre and to enhancing our competitive advantage. In addition, the plantation area is largely constrained to that which is currently planted. This means that precision forestry for pulpwood production must impact in two key aspects. 1) Sustaining and increasing fibre supply from a fixed production area 2) Understanding and improving the properties of the furnish to achieve uniformity and add value through the supply chain.

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