News Updates

We value our connection to our neighbors, customers, and the communities where we all live and work. Here is some news we are proud to share:

A meeting with HRH the Prince of Wales
On November 22nd, Port Blakely representatives joined a New Zealand Institute of Forestry round-table meeting with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in Christchurch.

Dec 02, 2019

The discussion with a small group of forestry professionals focused on the opportunities and challenges facing the sector. Port Blakely was represented by Phil Taylor, Port Blakely’s Managing Director in New Zealand and Alfred Duval, a regional forester for the company and the 2017 recipient of The Prince of...

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John Warjone inducted into Forestry Leadership Hall
Honoring a champion of sustainable forestry

Nov 22, 2019

The forestry industry came together on Thursday, November 14th in Portland, Oregon to celebrate John “Onny” Warjone, former Port Blakely President of Forestry, and his induction into the World Forestry Center’s Leadership Hall. Warjone joins a distinguished list of visionaries who have advanced the forestry industry worldwide. Onny is the...

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Our small role in YouTube’s #TeamTrees
Have you heard about the YouTube campaign to plant 20 million trees?

Nov 15, 2019

Port Blakely was approached by our friends at DroneSeed who wanted to use our forest as the setting for a #TeamTrees video, part of a YouTube campaign to raise $20 million to plant 20 million trees by 2020. We were in. After all, we plant 1.5 million trees in our...

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Port Blakely Honors Tay Yoshitani
Supports "America in the Schools"

Oct 07, 2019

With Tay Yoshitani’s recent retirement from Port Blakely’s Board of Directors, the company wanted to find a fitting way to celebrate his contributions to the company and for a career dedicated to trade and the global economy. We found just the right thing. To further the work Tay oversaw as...

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Port Blakely Acquires Clutha Forests
Otago Daily times, May 29, 2019

May 31, 2019

Company marks 25th year in New Zealand with their largest investment in the last decade. “Not only does it mark our largest investment in New Zealand since the early 2000s, it will allow us to support forestry sector jobs in one of the most important forest product manufacturing sectors in...

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Kaitiakitanga o te Ngahere “Guardians of the forest”
Central Rural Life, March 27, 2019

Mar 28, 2019

The recent fire season has proven how critical public-private partnerships are to protect our forests and communities. Central Forestry Services is a silviculture crew from the small town of Waimate that works with local forestland owner Port Blakely and is making huge waves in the Rural Fire sector in New...

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Family Business of the Year
Port Blakely’s roots run deep in the Northwest

Feb 04, 2019

Seattle, WA. Port Blakely has kept its focus on sustainable management both in nature and the boardroom. The century-old forestry company embraces change and family values. The Civil War was raging and Washington was still a territory when former sea captain William Renton made a $10 down payment on 165...

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