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Cutting rights proposal jeopardising planting and mitigation goals

January 24th, 2018
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The Forest Owners Association is against the proposal the Overseas Investment Office should approve or decline sales of forest cutting rights.  
 
The FOA says it would jeopardise the government’s ambitions of both seeing a billion trees planted and of meeting its Paris Agreement obligations to reduce carbon emissions.
 

The economic impact of optimising radiata pine stand density

January 24th, 2018
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Optimising radiata pine stand density could increase the net value of New Zealand’s plantation estate by $1.7B.
 

This is how money grows from trees

January 24th, 2018
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A recent report from the World Resources Institute and The Nature Conservancy notes that as we encounter constraints in the planet’s resources, pressure is growing to find new ways to enhance productivity and recover lost natural assets.
 

Keeping fatigue out of the workplace

January 24th, 2018
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It’s a shock to the system going back to work after the holidays, particularly after a couple of weeks off over Christmas. It’s a good time to remember to look after yourself and keep getting enough sleep as the likelihood of a work-related incident can be higher if you are fatigued.
 

Australian ‘gene-silencing’ technology licensed by forestry company

January 24th, 2018
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Australia's peak scientific body has licensed its gene sequencing technology which is capable of enhancing yield from common crops.
 
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) announced that global forestry company FuturaGene has become the 30th company worldwide to license the RNA interface (RNAI) technology.

American drone manufacturers develop autonomous air tanker concepts

January 24th, 2018
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The arsenal of airborne tactics available to fire fighters and first responders may soon grow significantly as Thrush Aircraft has formed a strategic alliance with unmanned aerial vehicle and systems manufacturer Drone America to begin development of the world’s first autonomous air tanker.
 

Softwood log export record raises ire of wood processors

January 17th, 2018
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New Zealand log exports hit a new record last year, underscoring the concerns of local manufacturers that the country is sending too many unprocessed logs overseas, posing a threat for local timber supply in the future and undermining the goal to add more value to exports.
 

New ways to measure and value small forests

January 17th, 2018
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“Collectively, the 14-16 000 small- and medium-scale forest growers are the largest forest owning group in New Zealand – but when it comes to measurement they don’t have easy access to the benefits provided by research outputs, and the economies of scale that come with larger plantations,” says Jonathan Dash, remote sensing scientist at Scion. 

Jim Anderton’s legacy contribution to forest industry

January 17th, 2018
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The Forest Owners Association has given tribute to Jim Anderton for his contribution to the forest industry.
 
President Peter Clark says Jim Anderton had a keen eye for the significance of forestry in the New Zealand economy and appreciated targeted government support was a critical factor in its development.
 

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