• Summit
  • FOREST OWNER

  • Summit Forests is a very proud forest owner within the Northland Region of New Zealand.

Our current forest holdings total approximately 36,000 ha under:

• Crown Forest License;

• Leasehold land;

• Freehold land and:–

• Various management agreements.

Protecting our forest and the forest assets of other forest owners within the region is of upmost importance to Summit. As such we invest heavily in maintaining our firefighting equipment and in staff training. Summit is an active member of the Northland Rural Fire Authority.


DISCOVER

Control Pests and Weeds

Control all unwanted exotic weed species within our forest in preparation for planting and during ongoing management.

Planting

As a responsible forest owner, we replant annually all area harvested from the previous year ensuring the continuation of a sustainable estate.

Thinning

Creating the most marketable and versatile end product is a key goal for Summit. It is with this goal in mind that we plant more trees per hectare than required for harvest. The higher stocking improves our crop tree form and once achieved the non-crop trees are thinned early in the rotation to increase the forests growth and productivity.

Fire Control

Protecting our forest and the forest assets of other forest owners within the region is of upmost importance to Summit. As such we invest heavily in maintaining our firefighting equipment and in staff training. Summit is an active member of the Northland Rural Fire Authority.

Roading

Summit endeavours to ensure roads are planned and constructed to minimise our impact on the environment and built in a cost effective manner

Harvesting

Summit employs 11 highly motivated and skilled harvesting contractors to sustainably harvest our estate. We aim to do this in the most environmentally responsible manner whilst maximising the value of the forest resource. We achieve this through working closely with the guys on the ground to ensure the job is undertaken safely and efficiently.

Cartage

Summit work very closely with our local cartage contractors to ensure our product is carted to market in the most time efficient manner ensuring our log quality and freshness is maintained to the highest level.

Export

A core part of the Summit business model is exporting and trading of New Zealand logs. To achieve this we very successfully manage the port logistics, shipping and marketing of logs to a range of Asian markets. Our export supply is sourced from:

  • The Summit estate
  • Purchased woodlots/stumpage operations
  • External log purchases (at wharf gate), sourced from Northland or all other regions of New Zealand.

To discuss our log purchase options and our log prices, please talk to Paul (Summit Export Manager) on +64 21 244 7373.

Marketing

Summit has a dedicated domestic sales team with many years of experience operating within the Northland Region. This provides Summit with the opportunity to reliably supply our domestic customers according to their needs. Summit also has its own Export Department, which is very well supported by Sumitomo Corporation’ global sales offices, allowing Summit access to an extensive market network. The combination of our own domestic and export marketing supply chain ensures we maximise the profit from our estate and managed assets.

Woodlot Purchase

We need your wood! We offer woodlot and stumpage forest purchase options in Northland and all other regions of New Zealand. At Summit we have the ability to buy woodlots of any size through:

• Lump sum sale • Pay as we cut • Managed log sale

We would love to talk to you about your block. We are flexible and can develop an individual solution for you which maximises your profit, while ensuring your woodlot is harvested in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.

To achieve the outcome that is right for you, give David (Summit Procurement Manager) a call on +64 27 496 8609.

Forest Management

At Summit we offer a range of Forest Management services from planting through to harvesting and marketing. We can tailor a management solution to meet any client’s needs. To discuss the options available to you, please call our Forest Manager (Bob) on +64 21 323 522.

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