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ForestTECH News Summary – April 2024

This week we cover several significant developments for Australasian foresters including advances in precision forestry with the development of a tree detection system by Indufor, the official launch of the Australian Government’s $100 million investment into enhancing sustainability and economic growth in the forestry industry, the launch of the Rotorua Forest Futures Action Plan, and an Australian initiative that’s offering one million scholarships to boost AI literacy.

We also highlight a study on kea behaviour in NZ pine forests, OneFortyOne’s A$8 million nursery redevelopment, the announcement of a new CEO for HVP Plantations and Forestry Australia who has been on the front foot trying to address misinformation through the media.

Registrations for Environmental Forestry 2024 are now live. This FIEA event is being held on 25-26 June 2024 in Rotorua, New Zealand. For further details, including the full programme, visit environmentalforestry.events.

There are plenty of stories this month. So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in forestry.

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Tree detection advances towards precision forestry

Advances in sensors and aerial platforms continue to offer Forest growers an increasing array of precision datasets. Extracting further value to streamline management is desirable, though often limited due to software costs, computing constraints and iterations required to extract meaningful ...
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One million ‘Introduction to AI’ scholarships available to Australians

Artificial intelligence (AI) ‘scholarships’ are now on offer to one million Australians, in a bid to increase the nation’s literacy of the technology estimated to be worth A$4 trillion to the economy by the early 2030s. The free ‘Introduction to Artificial ...
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Kea study in pine forests a boost

A preliminary study has been published documenting kea habitat use, movement and diet in forestry company OneFortyOne’s forests in the Nelson Tasman region. The study, conducted by Lincoln University Masters student Jodanne Aitken, and funded by forestry company OneFortyOne, confirmed that kea are ...
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A$100m Australian Forest and Wood Innovations program

The future of sustainable forestry received a significant boost today with the official launch of the Albanese Government’s A$100 million Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) program. AFWI is a collaboration between the Albanese Government and the University of Tasmania, committed ...
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HVP appoints Melanie Cook as new CEO

HVP Plantations has appointed Melanie Cook as its new CEO, after an extensive search following the retirement of Stephen Ryan in October 2023. Cook commences the role on 8 April 2024, bringing with her a wealth of experience from a 25-year career ...
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The Rotorua Forest Futures Action Plan

The Rotorua Forest Futures Action Plan has been officially launched, a key document in bringing together much of the work that has been completed in the past, highlighting the importance of the forestry sector to Rotorua. This innovative and practical plan recognises Rotorua’s ...
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Innovation leads $8m tree-change for Glencoe Nursery

Innovation and safety are the key drivers behind OneFortyOne’s $8 million nursery redevelopment, with a new state-of-the-art undercover handling system leading a number of major upgrades for the Glencoe facility. The two automated handling lines, designed in Europe and installed on- ...
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Opinion: Standing up for our profession

Having a high profile should not provide anyone a free pass to speak disrespectfully and unfairly about others. Forestry Australia is appalled by the misinformation about forest scientists and professionals that has been perpetuated by lobbyists and anti-forestry campaigners in recent media articles. ...
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New multi-species carbon calculator available

A new multi-species carbon calculator developed by Mark Kimberley and Michael Watt to support grower decision-making is freely available on the Forest Growers Research website ( Multi-Species Carbon Calculator (fgr.nz)). The calculator predicts growth metrics for eleven species that include ...
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