The American Bramble (Rubus cuneifolius) is the thing of nightmares for most foresters. As an alien species that thrives in South African conditions, it has an uncanny knack of surviving most control methods thrown at it. In the throws of bramble fighting season, TIPWG spoke to Alasdair Mackenzie from Midlands Spray ...
February 13, 2020Katy Louise
By Jacqui Meyer Greta Thunberg’s climate change challenge to UN leaders on 23 September 2019 got me to thinking: As an industry we tend to focus on the compartment or plantation level impacts of pesticide use, rather than on the global impact. The forestry value-chain, as we know, can be both a ...
November 1, 2019Katy Louise
By Dr Marius du Plessis, Mondi: Tree breeding programme manager Pest and pathogens are widely recognized as one of the greatest threats to plantation forestry in South Africa and across the globe. Forestry in South Africa is largely cultivated on the eastern seaboard and escarpment where exotic tree species perform well ...
September 5, 2019Katy Louise
After four years, and countless rounds of deliberations, the newly revised Pesticide Policy by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) has been published, a little earlier than expected! So what does this mean for the forestry industry in South Africa? The FSC® stamp has become the accepted ‘norm’, rather than a mark ...
May 20, 2019Katy Louise
On 14 November, at its general assembly in Geneva, the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) announced its endorsement of the South African Forestry Accreditation Scheme (SAFAS), a local initiative that seeks to make forest certification more accessible to small-scale timber growers. “The endorsement of the SAFAS scheme and its ...
February 19, 2019Katy Louise