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Field Trip

As with past conferences, we will be offering a field trip following the conference. While all visits are not yet confirmed, a brief summary of the field trip is below.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Begin from the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, first thing in the morning.

·Visit Mondi: We will have an introduction to their forestry program, with a focus on eucalyptus silviculture.

·Visit TWK Agri: We will visit TWK’s woodchip export operation at Richards Bay.

·Visit Port of Richards Bay: This is one of the largest woodchip export operations in the world, which has been loading hardwood chip vessels for Asian customers since 1975.

·Visit NCT: NCT operates a woodchip export operation at Durban, but we will visit the company’s three export operations at Richards Bay which have been combined under the single management of NCT Richards Bay Woodchips.

Return to Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel for the evening.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Check out of Southern Sun Elangeni and load buses to drive to Pietermaritzburg.

·Sappi: We will spend the day with Sappi, visiting a nursery, several plantations to see pine and eucalyptus silviculture and timber harvesting, a fire control center and Sappi’s research center at Howick.

Dinner in Pietermaritzburg, and spend night at a local hotel.

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

·Visit NCT: Presentation by NCT foresters on NCT forestry program with special focus on wattle.

·Visit to a typical farm forestry operation near Hilton.

Lunch and return to Durban airport and hotels at mid-day.

Field trip tickets will be available for purchase to conference delegates only and includes all meals and transportation to and from the field trip locations. Tickets include accommodations for Friday night in Pietermaritzburg only.  All other accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee.