6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference - November 2012 Newsletter

We are pleased to provide the newsletter for the 6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference. Five months out, we now have more than 100 registered delegates from more than 24 countries. Those who organise conferences will know that this many "confirms", at this stage, bodes very well for another very successful and well attended meeting. Field trip numbers are filling up, so if you plan to attend we would recommend registering before the end of this year. Attached please find the November 2012 Newsletter for the above conference.

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What can be done to reduce the spiral of wildfire damage?

A COMPARISON ATTEMPT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND SOUTH AFRICA

By Neels de Ronde

INTRODUCTION

I appreciate that the two countries are miles apart in terms of structure, size, population, natural biomes, land-use and many more aspects, making it extremely difficult to make any comparison possible and meaningful. However, reading the latest publication of the magazine "CQ Researcher" (2012), I have identified a few (historical and recent) statements published in this magazine that appear to be surprisingly similar than what we experienced in South Africa, although in the case of the latter, this has not been published officially.

Please do not see my comments as scientific comparisons, but rather a number of comments and personal conclusions, provided to create discussions and maybe to provide room for more in-depths investigations.

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NCT commercial tree farmer of the year

NCTAward1-2Outstanding RF Gevers tree farming operation in Vryheid wins prestigious NCT award.

The NCT Tree Farmer of the Year for 2012 in the Commercial Farm category is RF Gevers (Pty) Ltd, located near Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is a family operation started by Robert Gevers. Robert and three of his four sons, Hogart, Erlo and Jurgen, are directors of the company. Robert's grandson Hagen manages the farm and implements the FSC management system.

Robert bought his first farm in 1949 at the tender age of 21. It was mostly grassland which he ploughed up and planted to black wattle. In those days, the main market was the nearby Hlobane coal mine. The farm's timber products included sleepers, split poles, wedges and chunks.

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