Environmental Forestry 2024

Improving our environmental performance in forestry
  • 25-26 Jun 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand

Environmental Forestry 2024

Event Details

This event brought together over 150 environmental, operations, technical and management representatives from the forest industry, and local and central government. It was designed for those with boots on the ground, planning operations, ensuring compliance and creating policy.

The programme delivered a range of case studies on improving outcomes for a diverse range of environmental objectives. It is not just about managing production forestry operations, but bringing a range of views together for environmental forestry practitioners and managers to learn and network.

Key Topics

  • The new Government’s Policy Environment
  • Industry-wide Research Perspectives
  • Case Studies from Large Environmental Projects beyond Forestry
  • Continuous Cover Forestry – International Practices
  • An Iwi Perspective on Forestry Environment Management
  • Wilding Conifers
  • Workshops and interactive audience discussions

Who Will Attend?

  • Environmental foresters from large and small forest management companies
  • Senior operation managers from forest companies
  • Regulatory and compliance staff from regional councils and local government agencies
  • Staff from both policy and management groups at national government agencies
  • Owners and senior operations staff from forest engineering contracting companies

Event Speakers

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Graham Parker

Partner, Parker Conservation Ltd
Courtney Hambin Profile Image

Courtney Hambin

Adaptive Management Director, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP)
Grace Marshall Profile Image

Grace Marshall

Operations Scheduler & PhD Candidate, Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd (Napier)
Ann La Sala Profile Image

Ann La Sala

Sustainability Advisor, Forico Pty Limited
Jodanne Aitken Profile Image

Jodanne Aitken

PhD Candidate studying kea movements and habitat use, Lincoln University
Chayne Zinsli Profile Image

Chayne Zinsli

H&S Manager, Summit Forests NZ Ltd
Sam West Profile Image

Sam West

GIS Analyst, Interpine Group
Hugh Smith Profile Image

Hugh Smith

Senior Researcher, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Susan Secker Profile Image

Susan Secker

Manager Operational Policy, Forestry & Land Management, Te Uru Rākau, New Zealand Forest Service
Dean Meason Profile Image

Dean Meason

Scientist - Plant Morphology & Physiology, Scion
Chris Phillips Profile Image

Chris Phillips

Senior Researcher, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research


We continue to work closely with a wide range of industry experts, technology suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme or are interested in speaking, please contact John Stulen at or (+64) 7 921 1382.
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Day One

Tuesday 25 June 2024
Pre-Conference Workshop: Forestry 101 for Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement

This workshop will set out the resources and information we have developed to help councils understand the forestry environment and the environmental risk factors that need to be understood and managed for good environmental outcomes. Subjects covered to include:

    • Forest soils/geology
    • Slash risk assessment and management
    • Biodiversity management plans
    • Wilding conifer control
    • Consenting practices
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service - Kauri Room
Pre-Conference Workshop: Legal Harvest Assurance

An opportunity to hear about the legal harvest assurance system recently added to the law, and provide feedback about the details for implementation, including how it could affect your work.

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service - Cards Room
Pre-Conference Workshop: Update on Wilding conifer control tools and regulation
Cards Room
Lunch and Networking for Conference Delegates

Lunch and Networking – Exhibitors Stands, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Session 1: Tools and Techniques to Understand and Manage Environmental Risks


Conference Welcome and Introduction

John Stulen, Conference Director, FIEA
Understanding the Mysteries of Forest Hydrology in Planted Forests and its Role on the Hydrological Landscape
Dean Meason, Scientist - Plant Morphology & Physiology, Scion
Forest Landslide Susceptibility – Project Work and Results to Support Industry
Hugh Smith, Senior Researcher – Erosion and Sediment Processes, Landcare Research & Chris Phillips, Senior Researcher - Erosion Processes, Landcare Research
Innovation and technology advances in pest management: developing a pathway to a Predator Free NZ by 2050

The Predator Free New Zealand by 2050 (PFNZ) mission seeks to eliminate predators from the mainland of Aotearoa – a challenge beyond any scale attempted anywhere in the world. Taking an adaptive management approach, ZIP has progressively scaled its development work to enable achievement of small steps on the pathway to PFNZ. Here we will highlight key innovations and technologies that are enabling pest elimination at scale, including artificially intelligent cameras, thermal drones, and environmental DNA. We will also outline work underway to quantify the potential uplift in carbon sequestration of native forests without forest browsers.

Courtney Hamblin, Adaptive Management Director, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP)
Q&A Panel Session
All Session 1 Presenters
Afternoon Tea, Coffee & Networking

Session 2: National and International Perpectives on Environment Performance Standards

Chair: Joe Johnson, International Erosion Control Association (IECA) - Australasia
The Pacific Northwest - A Forest Practices Study Tour
Chayne Zinsli, National Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Summit Forests NZ
Tools and Guidance: Environmental Forestry Practices
Dr Susan Secker, Manager Operational Policy, Forestry & Land Management, Te Uru Rākau, New Zealand Forest Service
Q&A Panel Session
All Session 2 Presenters
Tech Talks
Networking, Canapès & Happy Hour with Exhibitors Stands @ Distinction Hotel

Day Two

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Session 3: Environmental Forestry Options for Management and Change

New Technology for a “Whole Of Site” Approach – Measuring Forest Residue Waste And Evaluating It Against The New National Environmental Standards
Sam West, Project Manager, Interpine Group
Sustainability Considerations for Radiata Pine Forests
Grace Marshall, Operations Scheduler & PhD candidate, Pan Pac Forest Products
Q&A Panel Session
All Session 3 Presenters
Morning Tea, Coffee & Networking

Session 4: Diverse Tools and Case Studies for Improving Forest Management

Monitoring, Management and Monetisation: Caring for Native Vegetation within a Plantation Landscape
Ann La Sala, Sustainabilty Advisor, Forico (Australia)
Native Falcons and Forestry Study Results: Techniques to Complement Each Other
Graham Parker, Director, Parker Conservation South
Kea pine for an Exotic Home: Study Results on Kea in Nelson Region Plantation Forests
Jodanne Aitken, PhD Candidate, Lincoln University
Q&A Panel Session
All Session 4 Presenters
Conference Concludes with Lunch and Networking
Post-Conference Workshop: MPI / Te Uru Rākau
  • Wilding conifer control tools and regulation (repeat of Tuesday content)
  • Slash risk assessment and management (repeat of Tuesday content)
Susan Secker, Manager, Forestry operational Policy, Forestry System Directorate, Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service
Post-Conference Workshop: Scion – Forest Flows Workshop
  • Forest flows technology and near real-time monitoring of the forest environment: wireless meshed networks, Big Data and AI analysis, and data fusion
    Dean Meason, Senior Scientist, Plant Development and Physiology, Programme Leader, Forest Flows
  • New and fit-for-purpose forest hydrology model for New Zealand catchments
    Don White, Scientist, Forest Systems, Scion
  • Linking the Forest hydrological results with stakeholders’ questions
    Grace Villamor, Research Group Leader, Economy and Society

Each talk will be roughly 30mins, with a Q&A afterward – finishing around 3pm.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Environmental Forestry conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved throughout the forestry sector. Exhibition spaces are at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

We always receive strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Event Partners

Premium Event Sponsor

Sponsor Logo - Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Logo - Pastoral ImprovementSponsor Logo - OsGro SeedSponsor Logo - Forme Industry ConsultantsSponsor Logo - Bridge It NZSponsor Logo - PGG Wrightson Turf | DuraVeg

Event Supporters

Sponsor Logo - New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA)Sponsor Logo - WIDE TrustSponsor Logo - IECA Australasia – International Erosion Control Association

FIEA Partners

Sponsor Logo - HoltecSponsor Logo - ScionSponsor Logo - C3Sponsor Logo - Eagle TechnologySponsor Logo - FWPASponsor Logo - Rotorua Economic DevelopmentSponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - Key Knife | Braford IndustriesSponsor Logo - USNRSponsor Logo - ArxadaSponsor Logo - RemsoftSponsor Logo - Trimble ForestrySponsor Logo - Atlas | Integral

Media Partners

Sponsor Logo - HarvestTECH NewsSponsor Logo - Friday OffcutsSponsor Logo - NZ LoggerSponsor Logo - WoodTECH NewsSponsor Logo - ForestTECH News


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Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates are available at the link below.

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Standard | $895 + GST
Rates are per person.
Group (3+) | $695 + GST (Save $200)
Rates are per person A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person

Registration Details

General Notes:

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua, New Zealand conference and exhibitions.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%).
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged on all transactions.
  • The special discounts apply only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the dates listed date above. All special discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • For those attending in Rotorua, the event registration payment covers:
    • morning and afternoon teas
    • lunch
    • refreshments
    • networking evening
    • workshops
    • conference handbook
    • post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that might have been imposed by Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 24 May 2024, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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