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Value Optimisation Forester

A Value Optimisation Forester works closely with harvesting contractors to ensure that there is minimal loss of timber when cutting down trees. Individual trees grow at different rates, and all have unique dimensions that can be used for varying products. This is why maintaining as much of the tree between when it is growing and when it gets sent to the mill to be cut into product is so important. Timber loss may mean that a tree cannot be cut into the desired product; hence, an economic loss as well.

After about 32 years of hard work by foresters and growing by trees, you want to get the most out of a plantation.

Value Optimisation Foresters use different equipment to measure and record timber harvested. Their most prized tool is a calliper, which is a device that measures the diameter of the tree stem. Value Optimisation Foresters can do a before and after harvesting measurement to compare any loss in timber through the harvesting process. Nowadays, harvesting contractors send digital records of machinery use and adjustments to the Value Optimisation Forester for them to analyse and investigate any extreme variation in equipment operation.

If any faults or flaws occur in a delivered product, the Value Optimisation Forester reviews and provides suggestions on how to eliminate the potential for the faults and flaws to happen again.

OneFortyOne acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, water, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations people today.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori communities have a strong spiritual connection between people and the land – the wellbeing of one sustains the wellbeing of the other. We strive to build meaningful relationships with iwi as tangata whenua (people of the land/region), to be responsible intergenerational kaitiaki (stewards/guardians) of the land where our forests grow.