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Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2023

5 March 2023
In 2021 and 2022, the ForestTECH series, like many other meetings and events, was disrupted by Covid. In saying that, over 300 delegates from 15 different countries were involved with an on-line ForestTECH event run for the industry in February last year.

Having not met up for three years in Australia, the end of year ForestTECH series also ran in-person in November 2022. Again, we had over 300 delegates involved in Rotorua, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia.

As well as local foresters meeting face to face in the two countries, forestry companies from across Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia. Brazil, Chile, USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Latvia participated remotely with live streaming being offered from the NZ leg of the November series. This in addition to similar turnouts over the last few years, has again reinforced the true international standing that this annual forestry technology series now has.

Feedback from the 2022 delegates very clearly told us that the 2023 event should stay with the same two themes; (a) remote sensing, forest data capture and inventory management, and (b), tree crop management, automated silviculture (including mechanised planting, thinning and pruning) and forest establishment that had been used since 2020.

The ForestTECH 2023 event is now planned to be run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November 2023 and again in Melbourne, Australia on 21-22 November 2023. Early details can be found on the event website, www.foresttech.events/ft23.

Early calls for Expressions of Interest to present

Again, the very latest developments around remote sensing, data capture, forest inventory, tree establishment, automated silviculture and mechanised planting will form the basis of the technology update. It will include research and trial results, new and developing technologies and key lessons from industry on the practical integration of new technology into forest operations.

From the ForestTECH 2022 event and from contact by industry, researchers and technology and equipment providers since then, we’ve a number of key leads for content this year which we’ll shortly be following up. However, if interested in being considered to present as part of this year’s ForestTECH 2023 series in November, we’d like to hear from you. Please get back to Brent Apthorp, FIEA Director, brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz. Please include details of suggested content for any presentation in your response.

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