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ForestTECH News Summary – May 2024

This month’s update highlights cutting-edge forestry technologies: a cockroach-inspired drone for dense canopy navigation, award-winning AI for early insect damage detection, and AI-powered fire monitoring in Tasmania. Explore the evolving forestry landscape with insights from Australia’s cross-sector podcast, and gain valuable perspectives from NZ Forest Managers cyclone aftermath video.

Be sure to book yourself or your team now, as seats are selling briskly for our NZ Environmental Forestry 2024 programme. This event will take place on 25-26 June 2024 in Rotorua, New Zealand and discounts are available.

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

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Swiss develop drone to explore forest canopy

Inspired by cockroaches, Swiss researchers have developed a new drone which can push away obstacles and move past them. In the future, it will be used to measure biodiversity in remote areas. Environmental monitoring in areas with dense vegetation is ...
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Forestry AI app won international prize

The AI application developed by Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch for detecting insect damage won the international Innovation of Innovations prize. Metsä Fibre’s Future Sawmill concept was recognised in the Business innovations category. The international Quality Innovation Award (QIA) 2023 competition ...
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Raising 2.5 million seedlings for NSW

Almost 2.5-million hardwood and softwood seedlings are being dispatched from Forestry Corporation’s Grafton Nursery to be replanted in state forests across New South Wales. The Grafton Nursery grows a mix of eucalyptus and pine seedlings, which are replanted in state ...
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Forests can trap airborne plastics

Recent research led by Professor Miyazaki Akane of Japan Women’s University unveils forests as potential terrestrial sinks for airborne microplastics, highlighting another vital service they provide. While microplastics have drawn attention for their environmental and health impacts, their fate in ...
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The future of forestry in Australia – hear the discussion

While it is a long-running debate, trees are not just part of the forest, but a valuable part of farms. It’s the future of forestry in Australia, according to a recent discussion on the ABC Listen podcast. There are many groups ...
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Forests that may resist climate change

While it’s common knowledge that mountaintops are colder than the valleys below, a new University of Vermont (UVM) study is flipping the script on what we know about forests and climate. The study, published in Ecology and Evolution, explores forests that ...
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Nursery survey suggests peak pine planting has passed

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has just released the latest NZ forest nursery figures, showing a reduction of pine seedling production in 2022 of 114 million – down to 113.2 million in 2023. Seedling production had increased every year ...
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AI powered fire projection in Tasmania

We reported several months ago the installation of AI powered early warning forest fire detection systems in South Australia by SFM. The system was developed by Pano AI and trained the cameras on millions of landscape images to spot the first ...
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When it all falls down

This video tells the story of how New Zealand Forest Managers (NZFM) in Turangi, New Zealand dealt with a 3.4million + ton wind blow event in the central north island. In the video everything from before the cyclone in Feb ...
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