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ForestTECH News Summary – Feb 2024

This is our first edition for 2024 and, as usual, we try to cover the very latest developments, technology trends and research relating to forest and tree crop management.  In this issue, we delve into key policy updates and a raft of new technological innovations.

The NZ Government recently announced significant changes to the National Environment Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF), empowering councils with greater control over forestry management. We also have the establishment of the NZ Forest & Wood Sector Forum, which will provide a collective vision for sustainable practices and industry growth.

On the technology front, Södra has promising field tests of robotic planting machines using advanced sensors and a new method for scarification and planting seedlings to ensure the survival of the seedlings. In addition, Fraunhofer IPM’s new Track & Trace Fingerprint method offers a tamper-proof ‘ID’ solution to improve timber supply chain transparency and accountability.

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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NZ forestry industry establishing pan sector body

Ten organisations have signed an accord establishing as a pan sector body. Called the NZ Forest & Wood Sector Forum (NZFWSF), NZ sector associations will engage on issues of common interest or concern to the national industry and act as a ...
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Changes to Environment Standards for Plantation Forestry

On 14 June, NZ Government Ministers announced changes to the National Environment Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). In summary: • Changes have been made to how commercial forestry is managed to give councils more power to decide where new forests ...
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Promising test run of new robotic planting machine

Södra’s venture in a new advanced technique for better seedling survival was recently field tested with promising results. Södra’s ambition with the in-house developed BraSatt 01 planting machine is to accelerate technical advances in forest regeneration, which could potentially lead ...
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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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Smart technologies advance the monitoring of RNC

Using innovative satellite detection methods, Indufor’s Dwell monitoring system is now capable of detecting Red Needle Cast (RNC) outbreaks. The science, developed in a collaborative effort between Indufor and Scion, studies sporadic outbreaks of RNC, caused by a fungal-like organism, ...
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Case Study – Using spatial data for tree health

As one of the world’s top ten forested countries, Australia relies on growers to manage productive, healthy forests sustainably for generations to come. HQPlantations is part of Australia’s plantation timber industry, which includes the forest, wood, and paper products sector ...
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Capturing NZ at scale

Aerial Surveys Limited (ASL) is New Zealand’s oldest aerial surveying company with over forty years of capturing data at scale all over the country. A presentation given as part of the end of year Remote Sensing User Group meeting in ...
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John Deere announces strategic partnership

Utilising the industry-leading Starlink network, this solution will allow machine owners facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision technologies. This partnership, an industry first, will enable John Deere customers to be more productive, profitable, and sustainable in their operations. ...
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Cut surfaces as fingerprints – marker-free tracing of logs

Until now, reliably tracing logs to their origin has been difficult to achieve. Researchers at Fraunhofer IPM and their partners have now shown that logs and trunk sections can be identified based on the structure of the cut surfaces. The ...
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