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ForestTECH News is a monthly update on the latest news, research results, reports and links relevant to forest resource management and planning in Australasia. ForestTECH Events is Australasia’s leading annual technology event for forest resource and tree crop managers, remote sensing and GIS specialists and inventory foresters.

ForestTECH 2024

Remote Sensing, Inventory Management, Mechanised Silviculture
20-21 Nov 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand
26-27 Nov 2024, Melbourne, Australia
20-21 Nov 2024, Virtual Event
ForestTECH 2024

Latest News & Technologies

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ForestTECH News Summary – July 2024

This month we have the newly released ForestTECH 2024’s programmes. Details on the content and coverage for the 20-21 November Rotorua, NZ event and 26-27 November 2024 event running in Melbourne, Australia the week after, can now be found on the ForestTECH 2024 website

In news, Scion’s Virtual Thinning project is leveraging virtual reality for creating safer and more efficient forestry training and there is a reminder to participate in MPI’s National Exotic Forest Description survey, which is essential for providing future wood availability forecasts and economic statistics – responses are due by 31 July 2024. Additionally, nominations for the FRESTRA Young Forester of the Year Award are now open, a University of Tasmania study has revealed the alarming increase in extreme bushfires due to climate change and the Forest Flows Research Programme at last week’s Environmental Forestry 2024 revealed new data.

Also check out Rocket Lab’s record-breaking launch deal with Synspective, Kelluu’s use of hydrogen-powered airships to monitor forest health and Kea Aerospace’s milestone in autonomous flight technology. Finally, this month’s we are hosting Residues2Revenues 2024. The NZ economy’s goal to de-carbonise continues to provide new opportunities within the forestry supply chains.

There is plenty to read 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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Who’s transforming our economy with renewable resources?

The opportunities for converting forestry fibre to renewable resources to replace fossil fuel based products are growing every year. The adoption of bioenergy and related technologies / products in New Zealand and internationally, sourced from forestry and wood products companies ...
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Södra to become the largest producer of kraft lignin in the world

As a step in the strategy of getting more out of every tree, Södra is now establishing a new business to become a world leader in the production of kraft lignin. Södra’s production facility will be the first commercial facility ...
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NZ National Exotic Forest Description survey – data needed

On 1 April 2024, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sent out the 2024 National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) survey. The survey is critical for informing wood availability forecasts, which underpin infrastructure and wood processing investment decisions, as well as contributing to a ...
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Unlimited potential of virtual reality for forest thinning

How a virtual reality (VR) and gaming engine could add another tool to the forestry training kit. A future where new foresters are trained to thin trees from the safety of a virtual reality forest before more advanced real-world training could be ...
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Growing the potential of NZ’s forestry sector in partnership

Forestry Minister, Todd McClay, has announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. ...
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Hydrogen powered airships collecting forest data

Kelluu, a Finnish company founded in 2018, offers commercial enterprises and government agencies with data-as-a-service, specialising in monitoring and providing real-time, actionable intelligence on power lines, roads and railways, as well as surveying and monitoring potential environmental issues associated with ...
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Extreme bushfires increasing in number and intensity

Extreme bushfires have more than doubled in frequency and intensity over the past two decades, according to a global study from the University of Tasmania. Published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, the research reveals that six of the past seven years have ...
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Forest Flows – key update at Environmental Forestry 2024

The Forest Flows Research Programme shared its data driven results at the Environmental Forestry Conference last week. The programme’s main objectives is to quantify the water use of plants and trees, and the water storage and release in planted forest ...
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Rocket Lab signs record deal for 10 electron launches with Synspective

Rocket Lab USA, a global leader in launch services and space systems, recently announced it has signed the largest Electron launch agreement in the Company’s history; a ten-launch deal with Japanese Earth observation company Synspective. The agreement was announced in ...
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FRESTRA Young Forester of the Year Award – nominations open

Future Foresters NZ is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the FRESTRA Young Forester of the Year Award! This award will be awarded to a young forester who demonstrates commitment to the forestry community, developing themselves and ...
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ForestTECH 2024 November series programmes live

The eagerly awaited 2024 ForestTECH programme is now out. It’s live. Details on the content and coverage for the 20-21 November Rotorua, NZ event and 26-27 November 2024 event running in Melbourne, Australia the week after, can now be found on the ForestTECH 2024 website. The annual end-of-year forest ...
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Kea Aerospace achieves milestone in autonomous flight

Kea Aerospace has successfully completed a landmark BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) flight, demonstrating the capabilities of their advanced autonomous flight technology. The milestone UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) flight, conducted within Kea Aerospace’s Special Use Airspace, marks significant growth ...
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€100 m investment in wood-based EV batteries

Stora Enso Oyj is preparing to invest about €100 million in a pioneering project to use wood in electric vehicle batteries and offer an alternative to components currently made in China, according to its chief executive officer. The funds would ...
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Rocket Lab launches climate science satellites

Rocket Lab, a global leader in launch services and space systems, today launched the first of two back-to-back launches for NASA’s PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) climate change-focused mission. ‘Ready, Aim, PREFIRE’ lifted-off from Rocket Lab Launch ...
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Lidar technology for scalable forest inventory

Evaluating the trade-offs between the various platforms. When considering Lidar technology for forest inventory, it is essential to evaluate the trade-offs of each platform. This article provides some pointers. There is a critical need for rapid, rigorous, reproducible and scalable ...
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Heli-saw to ‘transform’ tree-trimming around power lines

New Zealand’s electricity sector could be transformed by a radical new approach to keeping trees off power lines, says a King Country-based energy distributor. The Lines Company (TLC), based in Te Kūiti, has undertaken its first successful trial of the heli-saw – a ...
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FWPA research funding for a carbon neutral 2050

FWPA has committed funding to research which will inform an industry-wide decarbonisation plan to lead the forest and wood products sector to achieve a better than carbon neutral outcome by 2050.  FWPA will spearhead this initiative, partnering with Australia Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood Beca to deliver this crucial roadmap. The ...
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Unlocking New Zealand’s green energy future

A two-year research project has shed light on the promising opportunities for regional New Zealand to adopt short rotation forestry (SRF) for bioenergy production. The findings show that leveraging short rotation forestry will not only diversify regional economies, but also contribute ...
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New tracking app for high risk environments

TracPlus, a global provider of aerial firefighting software, has introduced the new TracPlus Beacon app. This innovative solution transforms smartphones into tracking devices, integrating with the TracPlus Cloud platform to extend tracking, operational oversight, and safety capabilities to various assets on ...
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New PCE report highlights the crucial role of forests in NZ

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) largely endorses the latest report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), “Going with the Grain: Changing Land Uses to Fit a Changing Landscape.” This comprehensive and forward-thinking report underscores the indispensable role of ...
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Virtual reality tool to train foresters

A future where foresters are trained to thin trees in a virtual-reality (VR) environment before real-world training could be just around the corner. Scion’s Virtual Thinning project aims to create an interactive and 3-dimensional VR training tool to supplement more advanced on-site ...
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NSW EPA issues new rules for harvesting operations

NSW EPA issues new rules – 15 harvesting operations stood down Background For a period of several weeks, Forestry Corporation NSW and the NSW EPA had been discussing the interpretation of the search and survey requirements relating to protections for Greater ...
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NZ Government to repeal costly log trade legislation

The Government will repeal legislation this weekend requiring the compulsory registration of log traders and forestry advisers, Forestry Minister Todd McClay announced. “The current system fails to deliver outcomes and places unnecessary costs on forest businesses,” Mr McClay says. “The ...
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AI, lasers used to evaluate forest damage after hurricanes

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are preparing for hurricane season with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment that will help them determine how extensively forests are damaged during individual hurricanes. When hurricanes cross Florida, they not only damage homes and businesses, ...
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Connectivity in regional Australia must improve

Australia’s Universal Service Obligation (USO), a long-standing policy ensuring basic phone services for all, is outdated and reliant on ageing copper infrastructure. Telstra, while committed to upholding the USO, is urging the government to modernise the policy by adopting newer ...
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NZ Government releases public consultation on ETS

As scheduled, the Ministry for the Environment (“MfE”) have released their annual public consultation document on the NZ ETS auction settings. This is in response to advice on ETS Settings from the Climate Change Commission (“CCC”) that was submitted to the Minister of Climate Change Simon Watts two ...
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An update on NZ’s new forestry regulations

New resources now available to help councils and foresters implement new regulations under the New Zealand National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). An addendum to the NES-PF user guide provides guidance on the changes to the regulations that came into effect on 3 November ...
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NZIF champions Arbor Day

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) is proud to announce its strong support for Arbor Day (5 June 2024) and calls upon all New Zealanders to join in making this day a widely recognised national event. NZIF envisions a future ...
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OECD report views NZ’s ETS as risky

A recent OECD report has raised concerns that New Zealand is overly reliant on planting trees as a cheap way to offset carbon emissions, rather than focusing on reducing emissions at the source. This approach is unique to New Zealand, according ...
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Wood on display at 2024 Fieldays Forestry Hub

The Forestry Hub will return to Fieldays for its third consecutive year from 12-15 June 2024, showcasing how trees and wood are transforming New Zealand. Occupying site G80 at Fieldays, visitors will have the opportunity to explore more than 25 forestry-centric exhibits within ...
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Earlybird rates end TODAY

Earlybird rates end this Friday for Environmental Forestry Conference On 25-26 June, ourFIEA Annual Environmental Forestry Conference is running. Registrations are going very well. We bring practical foresters together with local regulators and national policy-makers to debate and bring constructive ...
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Superhuman AI – smarter than every human by 2025

Billionaire tech boss Elon Musk has recently predicted that superhuman artificial intelligence (AI), surpassing human intellect, could become a reality as soon as next year. If this kind of prediction becomes true, are humans ready to embrace that machines can ...
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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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Disaster Resilience Summit delivers positive outcomes

Funding to support disaster resilience in the primary industries was highlighted last week at the South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA) disaster resilience summit in Mt Gambier. A new pilot project led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) ...
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NZ ETS underperforming

The impact of Aotearoa’s main tool in the fight against climate change could be heightened if five sectors were better regulated, according to a new study. New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is being let down by several critical sectors, according ...
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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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WoodChat: Working with traditional owners to build capacity

The latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast is focused on recently completed research which has showcased great potential for the development of sustainable native forestry activities in the Northern Territory led by Traditional Owner communities. Listeners will hear from Northern Territory Government ...
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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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NZ Forest carbon sequestration snapshot update

The Ministry for the Environment just released the NZ Greenhouse Gas Inventory report that covers data from 1990 to 2022. It is a reporting requirement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. Overall, NZ’s ...
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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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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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New forestry expertise joins FOA executive council

The New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) are pleased to announce Matt Wakelin as its new President. Matt was elected during FOA’s Annual General Meeting last week, replacing retiring President, Grant Dodson. Portfolio manager for New Forests, Matt has extensive experience stemming ...
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99% of Northland’s energy could be met through biomass

A new report, published by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), shows the significant role currently unutilised, forestry residues could play – as the region reduces its reliance on fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy. Up to 99% of Northland’s ...
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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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Bushfire control massive priority for Victoria

The recent bushfires that swept through timber plantations west of Ballarat reveals a staggering toll on Victoria’s forestry industry. The blaze decimated vast expanses of pine trees managed by HVP Plantations. Approximately 1,000 hectares of pine, destined for both local mills ...
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FIEA Environmental Forestry launched

With plenty of cooperation from industry leaders, NZ Forest Owners Association and previous delegates, FIEA is pleased to announce the release of our Environmental Forestry 2024 conference programme. This event runs on 25-26 June 2024 in Rotorua, New Zealand and will also feature pre-conference and ...
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New 40,000 hectares to open in Tasmania

In Tasmania, a dispute has ignited over the state’s forests, pitting the last remaining Liberal government in Australia against conservationists and industry stakeholders. The government’s proposal to open an additional 40,000 hectares of native forest for logging has stirred significant controversy, ...
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VicForests to close 30 June 2024

State-owned logging business VicForests will cease to exist from June 30 this year. It is the first time a decision on VicForests’ future has been revealed, after the Victorian government deregistered it as a state business corporation in September last year, removing ...
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International Day of Forests celebrates innovations in forestry

Yesterday (21 March 2024) was the United Nations International Day of Forests, an important day to raise awareness of forest habitats and encourage local, national and international efforts to protect and restore forests. The theme for 2024 is Forests and Innovation: New ...
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New tool to manage forestry slash

Better management of forest felling waste has gained new impetus in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake, with the sector firmly in the spotlight for the impact such waste has had on communities, ecosystems, and farmland downstream from harvest areas. Rotorua-based forest management ...
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JOUAV unveils advanced airborne Lidar sensor

JOUAV has released the JoLiDAR-1000 Lidar sensor designed specifically for uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) as the latest addition to its array of high-performance Lidar sensors for use in UAV applications such as GIS, surveying and precision powerline inspections. ...
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Wingtra debuts pioneering Lidar drone solution

Wingtra has unveiled its innovative Lidar-drone solution. The new Lidar payload is designed to seamlessly integrate the efficiency, ease of operation, and high accuracy of the WingtraOne GEN II drones with an advanced Wingtra-engineered Lidar sensor, offering notable advancements in ...
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Trimble and DroneDeploy improved UAV mapping

Trimble has unveiled the integration of the Trimble Applanix POSPac Cloud post-processed kinematic (PPK) GNSS positioning service, featuring CenterPoint RTX, with the UAV-based mapping and data collection capabilities of DroneDeploy’s reality capture platform. With the Trimble cloud positioning service, DroneDeploy ...
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Blue gum expansion & mechanised planting planned

Australia’s dwindling timber reserves could be exhausted in less than a decade, but industry experts are hoping a new native nursery in Western Australia could help ease the pressure. In the coastal city of Albany, 450 kilometres south of Perth, ...
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Salvage success lessons shared with industry

Effective collaboration across the timber industry and learning the lessons from past fire salvage efforts have been highlighted as key factors underpinning the success of the record salvage program in the Tumut and Tumbarumba regions following the Black Summer fires ...
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First Silvicultural Micro Innovation Challenge

Three NZ$15,000 awards to turn your idea(s) into reality. Let’s level up our Silviculture game! Silviculture activities – planting, pruning, and thinning – are critical to successful forests, influencing not only the health and form of our trees, but the ...
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New film highlights importance of reducing fuel loads

This story will resonate with foresters both in Australia and New Zealand who have been working hard with authorities and land managers to reduce fuel loads in forests to reduce fire risks. A new film “California’s Watershed Healing” documents the ...
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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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A groundbreaking leap for UAV-Lidar mapping

DJI selected Intergeo in Berlin as the stage for unveiling the DJI Zenmuse L2. This highly integrated Lidar system builds on the success of DJI’s Zenmuse L1 to bring new benefits to the geospatial community. Thanks to the enhanced RGB ...
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Sky’s the limit for up-and coming foresters

If ForestTECH 2023 is anything to go by, the future of forestry is bright. Three forestry students presented at the conference this week, marking the end of a student competition, organised by Scion and supported by Tools for Foresters. The ...
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Revolutionising planted forests inventory management

Scion is revealing a prototype for a new interactive tool providing the forestry industry with powerful inventory information to make management, harvesting and wood processing decisions easier. Called ‘Forest Insights’, scientists from the Crown Research Institute will outline the tool’s ...
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Insect damage app & sawmill concept pick up major awards

An artificial intelligence application developed by Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch for detecting insect damage in forests has won the Quality Innovation Award in a competition organised by the Finnish Quality Association, Excellence Finland. Metsä Group’s Future Sawmill concept won the ...
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$225 Million For Climate-Focused Forest Fund

Manulife Investment Management announced that it has raised US$224.5 million in commitments at the initial close of Manulife Forest Climate Fund LP, reaching nearly the halfway mark towards the fund’s targeted US$500 million in committed capital. Launched in late 2022, ...
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Benefits of 3D Laser Scanning in Forest Conservation

3D laser scanning is a cutting-edge technology that has revolutionised how we capture and visualise the world. By using laser beams to measure the distances and shapes of objects, structures, and landscapes, it creates exact, three-dimensional representations.  This non-invasive technique ...
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Technical Forest Services celebrates its 21st Anniversary

Technical Forest Services P/L (TFS) recently marked its 21st anniversary, commemorating the milestone since its establishment on July 1, 2002. In celebration, the entire TFS family convened in Launceston, with team members converging from across the eastern seaboard of Australia, ...
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Some mass plantings could harm the environment

New studies raise issues that complicate the ambitious goals to use mass tree-planting to fight climate change. The researchers warn that in some cases, carbon-offset tree plantations could reduce biodiversity, doing more harm than good for the environment. Trees take ...
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New Forests to sell NZ assets

Global nature-based real assets manager New Forests is selling four of its New Zealand forestry assets. The four estates, located across New Zealand’s North and South Islands, are being sold as the fund manager completes the term of the second ...
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Increasing sawlog production from existing forests

Two new reports have been released by the Tasmania Forestry Hub outlining opportunities to support silvicultural interventions that could deliver additional saw log production in the next 10 years. Australia faces an ongoing shortage of structural grade timber for use ...
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Council’s proposed new rules could cost millions

“Extreme” new rules proposed by the Otago Regional Council for Otago’s forestry industry could cost the sector more than a third of its land, wiping out more than NZ$320 million of the region’s forestry value. City Forests Ltd chief executive ...
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A world-first for nature-based reporting

Forico has published a world-first illustrative example of an integrated climate and nature sustainability report aligned to the recommendations of both the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). The combined report is an ...
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War on pine needle disease in NZ’s planted forests

New research and smart technologies are offering hope and solutions to foresters waging war against a silent enemy in our pine plantations. Red needle cast (RNC), an unyielding fungal-like disease, has silently been wreaking havoc on pine trees in New ...
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Automatic forest health monitoring system unveiled

In a major development for forest biosecurity and conservation, researchers at Scion have unveiled an automatic forest health monitoring system capable of detecting disease outbreaks in planted forests. This cutting-edge technology, which uses high-resolution satellite imagery, has recently proven its ...
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Seed shortage & fire puts Victorian forests at risk

Victoria’s Ash forests are on the brink of ecosystem collapse following a poor flowering season and repeated fire events, warns the State’s leading forest flowering and seeding expert. The issue highlights concerns raised by Forestry Australia, the seed collection services ...
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BC removing single-use plastic wrap in tree planting

After a trial in Northern B.C., the province says they will be removing plastic wrap for some tree planting processes to reduce climate change. They say 3 million single-use plastic tree seedling wraps will be removed from the tree-planting process ...
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Remote data collection technologies being profiled

On-site and virtual registrations to this year’s annual ForestTECH 2023 event along with the pre-and post-conference workshops continue to flow in. As well as a large international contingent of presentations this year on remote sensing, data collection, forest inventory, mechanised ...
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The trees come back – looking back 42 years

Some of the worst eroded pasture land in New Zealand can be seen in the East Cape region of the North Island. This film, produced 42 years ago, explains in detail how the problem arose, starting with the European settlement ...
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ForestTECH 2023 pre-and post-conference workshops

ForestTECH, it’s this region’s most popular annual independent forestry technology series. In addition to advances being made in remote sensing and forest inventory, like recent ForestTECH events, sessions this year have been set up on the very latest developments and ...
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Mechanised silviculture technologies being profiled

ForestTECH is this region’s premier forestry technology series. It’s been going now for 17 years. It’s the one forestry technology event every year that brings together forest resource managers, inventory foresters, remote sensing, GIS, mapping and forest inventory specialists and ...
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AI, robots & satellites fighting wildfires

This year has been a challenging one for Phil Schneider, who hasn’t seen wildfire behaviour like this in his 47-year firefighting career. Blazes raged through more than 2,000 acres of wildland in recent months in his county deep in the ...
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Revolutionising forestry with 3D deep learning

In the rapidly evolving world of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, one of the most critical factors for success is access to vast amounts of labelled data. These labelled datasets power AI models by giving them lots of examples ...
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Historic high-resolution imagery boost for ETS

High-resolution aerial photos of rural New Zealand from around 1990 are now publicly available for use in mapping and spatial analysis. They will be used for a broad range of applications by government, councils, forestry consultants, businesses, universities and the ...
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M-Planter economic performance report results

A new report discusses the exploration of mechanised planting options by New Zealand forestry companies in response to anticipated changes in labour availability and increased competition for planting crews due to afforestation incentives. This new detailed report, led by Scion, ...
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OptiCept agreement with Chilean forestry company

The Swedish PlantTech company OptiCept Technologies has entered an agreement with the Chilean forestry company CMPC. Cuttings will now be boosted with nutrients using a unique vacuum impregnation technology called OptiBoost. During a couple of weeks this spring, the Chilean ...
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ForestTECH 2023 Student Competition

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Tasman region forestry study important for the industry

A seven-year forestry study looking at the impact of sediment in rivers from harvesting and earthworks has entered its fifth year. The NZ$2.7 million study is jointly funded by Ministry for Primary Industries through its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures ...
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Fire – and the role of Australia’s eucalyptus tree?

Portugal, Greece, Spain, Chile, California and now Hawaii have all battled wildfires this year as high temperatures and strong winds have whipped small sparks into violent infernos. But fire needs fuel, and what these places also have in common is ...
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Best Practice Study Tour grant awarded

The WIDE Trust is excited to announce Rachel Millar as the latest recipient of a Best Practice Study Tour grant. This grant will enable Rachel to embark on an international journey, delving into cutting-edge practices and innovations in the forestry ...
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Bay of Plenty now mapped with LiDAR

There is a new way to see the Bay of Plenty, following the completion of a project to map the region in 3D using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) elevation data, which is now available through Toitū Te Whenua Land ...
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Yellow jerseys of the fireline: A day fighting wildfires

For three weeks in July, the world’s most elite bike racers climb steep mountains and sprint along historic cobblestones to capture the coveted yellow jersey or the race leader in the Tour de France. It’s a 22-day feat of human ...
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Testing hydrogel to extend the planting season

Hydrogels which retain moisture around tree roots can aid seedling establishment and growth, and potentially extend the planting season beyond its traditional winter window. As part of the Precision Silviculture Programme within Forest Growers Research, a trial to test a ...
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Mechanised planting results feature at ForestTECH 2023

The 2023 ForestTECH programme, consisting of pre-and-post conference workshops and meetings along with trade exhibitions has been designed with Australasian forestry companies. It’s now live. Last year, well over 500 delegates from 15 different countries were involved in the on-line ...
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ForestTECH places for young graduates & students

Another opportunity (free stuff) is being offered with a free conference registration – up to five of them in fact – for this year’s ForestTECH 2023 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November 2023. The Forest Industry Engineering ...
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Revolutionising Earth observation with Lidar-based mapping

Geospatial satellite startup NUVIEW on an ambitious mission Anew and ambitious startup called NUVIEW entered the geospatial satellite industry in May 2023, following a lengthy period in ‘stealth mode’. In this exclusive interview with GIM International, the company’s CEO and ...
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Australia’s largest AI-powered bushfire camera network

The Green Triangle (an area spanning south east South Australia and south west Victoria) will soon be home to Australia’s largest camera bushfire detection network. This investment in technology supports quick and precise fire detection, protecting communities and plantation forests, ...
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Exploring AI’s potential in forest nurseries

Can AI match human seedling grading in nursery at speed and accuracy? Under Forest Grower’s Research work programme, the Precision Silviculture Programme’s prototype says its looking possible! Developed in collaboration with Dr. Brian Russell at Contempo Lab, they’ve successfully detected ...
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Research aims to future-proof planted forests

Research and smart technologies are offering hope and solutions to growers needing to create more resilient planted forests and mitigate the effects of climate change on tree health and industry productivity. Although the forestry and wood processing sector is the ...
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Tree seedlings – grown at speed

For the first time in Australasia, a unique system of raising tree seedlings is going to be unveiled to the local forestry industry. Using the concept of vertical farming systems (growing crops in vertically stacked layers), Forestry and Land Scotland ...
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Lack of low intensity mild fire – a major cause of eucalypt decline?

Getting to the root of the issue: Review of eucalypt decline and dieback in relation to lack of low intensity fire management across Australia has been completed by John O’Donnell. The review has been designed to tease out the key ...
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Advocacy positions from Forestry Australia produced

Forestry Australia has released a series of two-page Position Statements to better inform members and the community of its position on a range of issues. Designed to be short, sharp and easily understood, the first five in a series of ...
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Forest AI – measuring global carbon capture

A scientist from Indiana’s Purdue University is working with a large team of global collaborators to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) model that will combine information collected about billions of trees measured on-site in the world’s forests using satellite and ...
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NES could end all Australian native forestry

Australia’s forest industry fears the Albanese government’s new national environment standards could end native forest logging nationally. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek is drafting the new standards as part of a revamp of environmental law and has vowed to apply them ...
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Holy smoke! New camera-based fire detection systems

In the face of a climate likely to become hotter and drier, and with bushfires continuing to pose a significant threat, a variety of forestry-related research initiatives are underway across Australia. As an industry, forestry is particularly vulnerable to bushfire ...
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Enhancing traditional growth & yield forecasts

A team of researchers has developed a prototype system that combines remote sensing data and process-based modelling with the traditional method of empirical modelling. The system will help forest managers improve planning and forecasting systems for the optimal maintenance and ...
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Small holdings tree farm advice released

The final report of the Trials Review, Information and Genetics (TRIG) project, has been released along with advisory information and updated data. According to TRIG Steering Committee Chair, Dr Kevin Harding, the project sought to leverage the past work of ...
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ForestTECH 2023 November series programmes live

The 2023 ForestTECH programme, consisting of pre-and-post conference workshops and meetings along with trade exhibitions has been designed with industry. It’s now live. Details on the content and coverage for the 14-15 November Rotorua, NZ event and 21-22 November 2023 ...
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New Australian Forest & Wood Innovations institute

The Albanese Government has signed an agreement with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to expand the work of the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation. UTAS will establish the institute to operate under the name Australian Forest and Wood Innovations ...
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Australian plantation establishment grants welcomed

Forest plantation establishment grants announced this week by the Albanese Government will help Australia grow much needed timber and wood fibre supply for the nation’s future, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Natasa Sikman said. ...
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Forest health monitoring solution developed

In Europe, Metsä Group, an international forest industry group and CollectiveCrunch, a leading AI company specializing in forestry solutions, have teamed up to release an innovative solution that equips forest owners with detailed and timely information about potential threats in ...
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New partnership to help meet predator free targets

A new partnership between the inventors of New Zealand’s only automatic resetting combined possum and rat trap and the owners of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned conservation estate will provide a much-needed boost to New Zealand’s fight against predators and pests. ...
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New research reveals how much forests absorb water

New research is showing how effective forests are at mitigating the effects of extreme rainfall during severe weather events. In New Zealand, high resolution data collected from Mahurangi Forest near Auckland during the Auckland Anniversary weekend floods and Cyclone Gabrielle ...
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CSIRO launches national soil data & information tool

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has launched a new tool that will help Australia sustainably manage a critical natural resource which sustains lives and livelihoods. Now live and available for use, the Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS) brings together ...
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Methane-munching forest soils to the rescue

Scion scientists have embarked on important new research to find out how much methane is being consumed by microorganisms in New Zealand’s planted forest soils. Forest soils are good habitats for bacteria that absorb and release methane (CH4) as a ...
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Water rule lifting required to unlock plantation investment

Queensland’s forest and timber industry is looking forward to the lifting of the water rule barrier in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) to promote new plantation investment in the state. Timber Queensland CEO Mick Stephens said that this barrier is ...
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New BVLOS examination for Australian drones

The drone industry is rapidly evolving, and as a result, the standards and regulations for remote pilots are also constantly changing. Currently, in Australia, organizations holding a Remote Operator Certificate (ReOC) are required to ensure that their remote pilots have ...
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Firefighting drone market to reach USD2.76 billion

The Global Firefighting Drone Market size was valued at USD 1.31 Billion in 2022 and is forecasted to be USD 2.76 Billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 9.8 % from 2023 to 2030, as per a recent report ...
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New initiatives for Tasmanian forestry sector

Landowners in Tasmania will be encouraged to learn how they can estimate their carbon impact thanks to the Tasmanian Government’s investment in the future of the State’s forestry sector via a new portal. Minister for Resources, Felix Ellis, said the ...
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Lidar technology for scalable forest inventory

Evaluating the trade-offs between the various platforms There is a critical need for rapid, rigorous, reproducible and scalable forest inventory tools to support data-driven policies and management practices in response to challenges including deforestation and climate change. Lidar technology offers ...
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CollectiveCrunch enters the U.S. market

Partnership with OSU College of Forestry marks the company’s official entry into the U.S. market. CollectiveCrunch, the creator of the AI-powered platform that enables sustainable forestry at scale, has launched a pilot project with the Oregon State University College of ...
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OneFortyOne appoints Chief Forester

Commencing July 2023 Branislav Zoric will join OneFortyOne as its Chief Forester, working in both Australia and New Zealand.Branislav will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters including the integration of environmental, social, and economic values for sustainable forest ...
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Aircraft vs Satellite vs Drone – what’s changed?

Over the years there have been numerous articles comparing capture with Aircraft vs Satellites vs Drones. So, what’s changed in relation to this comparison? In practical terms not a lot but there are technology advancements which will likely come into ...
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Space Intelligence to map land cover changes

Everland, a company representing the largest portfolio of high-quality REDD+ forest conservation projects in the world, has named Space Intelligence as its main data partner. Everland will use the state-of-the-art technology and data from Space Intelligence to build a comprehensive ...
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TED Vancouver: Fighting wildfires from space

Aerospace executive talks new tools to help fight wildfires from space. With “mega fires” of more than 40,000 hectares becoming more prevalent, George Whitesides says better satellites are among the innovative tools firefighters need to cope with them. Former aerospace ...
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One New Zealand takes off, announces collaboration with SpaceX

One New Zealand officially launches new brand and announces a new collaboration with SpaceX. On its first official day as One New Zealand, the now-locally run telecommunications provider has launched a new collaboration to provide coverage to 100 percent of ...
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Genomic tool – a game changer for Radiata pine

The result of research effort that began in 2014, Graham is holding a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array. It is the first large-scale genome-based pedigree identification and genetic selection tool for radiata pine worldwide. It is an affordable and robust ...
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Return of the GEDI

• Since 2018, the GEDI mission has been firing lasers from the International Space Station to measure aboveground biomass on Earth. • The information gleaned from it has been crucial for scientists to understand how deforestation contributes to worsening climate ...
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CollectiveCrunch launches Linda Planet

CollectiveCrunch, creator of the AI-powered platform that enables sustainable forestry at scale, is launching Linda Planet, a new trustworthy tool that enables forestry professionals to assess the health of forests by monitoring and tracking changes in both forest biodiversity and ...
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Optimising profitability with fertiliser prediction systems

In 2017, FWPA-supported research led to the development of the ProFert for Pine tool, which was designed to improve the capacity of softwood growers to effectively predict the success of various fertiliser options at different sites. By combining empirical results ...
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On-orbit fire detection technology launched

Germany-based wildfire solution company OroraTech has announced its new on-orbit fire processing technology that can detect and send fire notification alarms to customers via the multi-satellite link within three minutes once the satellite has passed the affected area. As a ...
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Post-processing Lidar data no longer the norm

The Dutch startup Aerial Precision recently demonstrated its first two sensors with integrated artificial intelligence software. Over the past few years, the company’s innovation efforts have resulted in products that make Lidar cheaper and easier to use. For example, thanks ...
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Forestry AI helps track cyclone damage, with almost ‘whole country mapped out’

Artificial intelligence technology is being used to help understand the damage caused by slash in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle – and help the forestry sector battle climate change. It’s part of the Crown Research Institute Scion’s Digital Forest Project, ...
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Artificial intelligence: World at ‘tipping point

Sir Peter Gluckman says people are being “pulled apart by misinformation, disinformation, social media and ‘targeting’”. The world is at “a tipping point” beyond which technology may be beyond our control, the president of the International Science Council, Auckland University ...
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GPS accuracy to 10cm from satellite uplink centre

A state-of-the-art satellite positioning service in Southland, in the lower South Island, New Zealand, will bring GPS accuracy to about 10cm, refining data for aviation, search and rescue, and many other industries. The Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN) is a ...
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UniSA forest virtual reality project underway

Plantation managers may soon be able to walk through large sections of forests, zero in on defects, check wood quality, and get a quicker overview on progress, all without leaving their office. Researchers at the University of South Australia are ...
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CollectiveCrunch raises €1.4m for future growth

Finnish green tech company CollectiveCrunch has secured €1.4 million in an investment round led by existing investor Nidoco AB to fund future growth, particularly in the forest carbon market. CollectiveCrunch’s proprietary Linda Forest platform gathers climate, geo and process data ...
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Kea Atmos stratospheric aircraft takes flight

New Zealand’s first solar-powered stratospheric aircraft has been built and flight testing has commenced. This aircraft will be a game-changer for collecting high-resolution aerial data for applications such as extreme weather events, environmental monitoring and precision agriculture. The “Kea Atmos ...
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High resolution imagery of flood-hit areas

New high-resolution, satellite imagery providing a birds-eye view of Cyclone Gabrielle’s impact on the North Island’s east coast is now available online as part of New Zealand’s emergency response. Photo: Before and after: The image on the left shows the ...
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New aerial imagery – before and after Cyclone Gabrielle

Cyclone Gabrielle left a trail of destruction in its wake as it swept through the Hawkes Bay area, and now with the power and accessibility of satellite imagery we have the ability to see it with our own eyes. Members ...
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Canadian students launch wildfire-monitoring satellite

A student-built satellite from the University of Alberta that will capture images of active wildfires has made it into orbit after a successful launch recently. The satellite Ex-Alta 2, a miniature satellite about the size of a loaf of bread ...
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DroneSeed acquires California’s largest tree nursery

Climate tech company Mast, the newly-formed parent company of DroneSeed, has announced its acquisition of California-based Cal Forest Nurseries, which supplies the majority of seedlings used for reforestation in California. Mast restores forests after large-scale wildfires with reforestation projects that ...
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ChatGPT could make these jobs obsolete

Artificial intelligence is here, and it’s coming for your job. So promising are the tool’s capabilities, Microsoft — amid laying off 10,000 people — has announced a “multiyear, multi-billion dollar investment” in the revolutionary technology, which is growing smarter by ...
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Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 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 ...
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Harnessing laser technology to measure native forests

The results of a recently completed, FWPA-supported collaborative research project have demonstrated the potential of using dense, 3D point cloud data to link tree and plot-level measurements in native forests, gathered using a mobile laser scanner (MLS), alongside airborne laser ...
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23% of the U.S. forest inventory could be lost

A study led by a North Carolina State University researcher found that under more severe climate warming scenarios, the inventory of trees used for timber in the continental United States could decline by as much as 23% by 2100. The ...
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NEON adds drone-based Leaf Sampling Protocol

Treetop leaf sampling ( canopy foliar sampling) at forested NEON (The National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network ) field sites just got a whole lot easier. We’ve added a new tool to our kit: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), ...
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Engineered magic: wooden seed carriers

Geometric design and engineering of biodegradable materials could improve versatility, efficiency of aerial seeding How seeds implant themselves in soil can seem magical. Take some varieties of Erodium, whose five-petalled flowers of purple, pink or white look like geraniums. The ...
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Future proofing our forestry sector

Future-proofing New Zealand’s radiata pine plantations against climate challenges and a rapidly changing economic environment has become a whole lot easier with a world-leading application of Genomic Selection (GS), a tool to accelerate conventional tree breeding. A partnership between the ...
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Rotorua to host international remote sensing conference

Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Forest will be the backdrop to a global forestry conference that is set to attract up to 500 remote sensing specialists to the city in just over 18 months’ time. Scion has successfully secured a bid to ...
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Plantma planting trials and expansion ongoing

After a long time of preparation and transportation, a PlantMax X2 Planting unit is operating in Brazil. In collaboration with partners at Timber in Curitiba Plantma Forestry has done a successful trial/demo in Pine plantations in Paraná as well as ...
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ChatGPT and AI will disrupt these industries

ChatGPT is the world’s most powerful AI chatbot. It offers a human-like alternative to search engines and can do everything from compile a menu to writing a TV script to explaining quantum physics.In a local NZ newspaper last week, Universities ...
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Autonomous planting machine runs for first time

The autonomous planting machine project Autoplant is getting closer to reality. In September 2022 the first test of a complete machine was made in Bräcke, mid-Sweden, close to the Bracke factory where the planting head has been developed and manufactured. ...
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Remote sensing supporting future smart decision making

Australian researchers have proposed a holistic approach to provide meaningful insights to support smart decision making for the future. Contemporary forest and wood products companies face a significant challenge around effective planning, as traditional resource management models and systems become ...
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Pilotless planes to fight bushfires

A New Zealand aviation technology company is developing pilotless planes to fight bushfires from the skies. Canterbury-based Skybase is converting aircraft to fly remotely in a world-leading move designed to revolutionise firefighting. It involves putting high-tech artificial-intelligence computer systems inside ...
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Gaia AI raises US$3M for forest data collection service

Gaia AI has secured a US$3M Pre-Seed to automate the collection of forestry data, verify carbon credits, and build a data platform that empowers foresters to make the best financial andecological decisions for their forests. This round was led by ...
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HQPlantations CEO appointed

Following an extensive domestic and international executive search, HQPlantations Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Wilson as new Chief Executive Officer following previous CEO Jeremy Callachor’s resignation late last year and departure in December for ...
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Taranaki region’s 3D landscape unveiled

Anew, high-tech aerial laser survey project has been completed in the New Zealand region of Taranaki, producing an exact 3D map of the region’s land surface. The survey, conducted by Toitu Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) in partnership ...
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FSC publish new forest management standard

FSC ANZ has announced the launch of a new standard for responsible forest management in New Zealand. After a comprehensive process of rigorous consultation with industry, environment, and social stakeholders and Indigenous groups, the FSC Forest Stewardship Standard for New ...
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Opinion Piece – A tale of two fires

Two separate fires that started from lightning strikes earlier this month reinforce the need to increase the resources available for prescribed burning and plantation protection in Australia’s south-west forests. During just one storm, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions ...
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ForestTECH 2022 – Event Summary

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NZ Awards celebrate scientists & research excellence

Scion’s leadership in forestry science, bioplastics research and biotechnology has been celebrated by Scion and its peers at the Science New Zealand Awards. Scientists from all seven Crown Research Institutes and Callaghan Innovation were represented at the ceremony held in ...
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New tech aims to track carbon in every tree

• Climate scientists and data engineers have developed a new digital platform billed as the first-ever global tool for accurately calculating the carbon stored in every tree on the planet. • Founded on two decades of research and development, the ...
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Just madness – removing forest-mapping laser

NASA plan to scrap device would curtail important climate and biodiversity data, researchers say. Since April 2019, a fridge-size instrument attached to the International Space Station (ISS) has tickled the treetops of much of the planet with laser light, mapping ...
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Mechanised planting on steeper slopes

As part of the just completed ForestTECH 2022 series, advances being made operationally in mechanised planting along with recent commercial trials from across Australasia, Europe and in South America featured as part of the focus this year’s event had on ...
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Two-year fire trial hailed a success

Tasmania is set to continue to benefit from the rollout of new fire detection technology which will help reduce the spread of major bushfires, safeguarding valuable plantation assets and even local communities. After a successful two year trial, leading Tasmanian ...
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State forests delivering higher net social benefits

The state body for the forest and timber industry in Queensland has welcomed a landmark study into the long-term benefits from state forests in South and Central Queensland as compared to if they were managed as national parks[1]. Timber Queensland ...
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How drones are replanting B.C.’s burned forests

With promises to rejuvenate forests from the air, tree-planting start-ups are looking to supplement shovels and long days of labour with swarms of seed-bearing aerial drones. A growing target: B.C.’s burnt forests. The charred remains of Douglas fir and Lodgepole ...
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Three mapping solutions for digital twins and BIM

At Intergeo, Emesent launched three new products that will help geospatial professionals save time while capturing accurate data for digital twins and BIM applications. Emesent is a pioneering company in drone autonomy, Lidar mapping and data analytics. The products include ...
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Yamaha’s unmanned helicopter carrying up to 50 kg

Yamaha has introduced an upgraded version of its Fazer R G2 unmanned helicopter, or drone, equipping it with more thrust and greater payload capacity. This should make it more suitable for carrying out aerial deliveries, which the company expects to ...
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Forest Products Commission of Western Australia Invests for the Future with Remsoft

The Forest Products Commission of Western Australia (FPC) is implementing Remsoft Operations with connected Optimization Modeling capabilities to streamline annual planning and forest estate management. By increasing planning effectiveness and transparency, the technology will free up time for planners and foresters and enhance decision making. The ...
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R&D solution to tackle plastic waste for nurseries

Scion scientists have been instrumental in developing and testing biodegradable nursery pots that will help nurseries and Kiwi gardeners to reduce plastic waste and its impact on the environment. The biodegradable pots, made from biopolymers and a biofiller, will offer ...
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Vertical farm trees growing six times faster

Tree seedlings are being grown six times faster in a vertical farm compared to traditional outdoor sowing, in the first UK trials of their kind. Growing 40-50cm tall in just 90 days – something that in a field would take ...
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A journey into the new reality

Impressions from HxGN Live Global 2022 In which direction is the geospatial industry heading? Which core activities will companies focus on? How will the rapidly progressing technological advances shape the future? The recent edition of HxGN Live Global in Las ...
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How digital innovation has accelerated forest monitoring

The way that we monitor the world’s forests has changed dramatically in recent years. Fifteen years ago, many countries still made maps and recorded information about their forests and land manually on paper. Forest monitoring involved considerable investment for developing ...
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Environmental Monitoring – remote sensing review

Remote sensing data is often applied to assist with environmental monitoring. However, the pace of development makes it challenging to decipher if the new sensor or technique can be used successfully beyond a small study area. A key requirement of ...
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Treemetrics signs €1.2m contract with ESA

Cork-headquartered Treemetrics, a forestry management software firm, will play a key role in a new project to provide more accurate forest carbon credit estimates to the European Space Agency (ESA). Treemetrics, which was founded in 2005 by Enda Kane and ...
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The weed-mapping drone that goes the extra mile

The Single family have been farming their broadacre cropping property near Coonamble, in New South Wales, for close to 70 years and third generation farmer Ben Single says there has always been a special focus on the environment. One of ...
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New marketplace for satellite imagery

Critchlow Geospatial has announced the launch of New Zealand’s first satellite imagery marketplace. Recent advances in optics, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing mean that satellite imagery (and its ever-growing catalogue of derived data) is now more ...
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AU$120m investment for new plantation estate

The Victorian government is investing in a new plantation estate in Gippsland to plant millions of trees to maintain the state’s timber supply and reduce emissions. An AU$120 million investment will fund the plantation of 16 million trees in regional ...
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Four workshops set up for ForestTECH 2022

The ForestTECH series has firmly established itself on the Australasian calendar. Since 2007, aside from a recent hiccup or two with Covid enforced travel and meeting restrictions, it’s been run annually for the forestry industry on both sides of the Tasman. In more recent years, it’s also truly become an international event with well over 100 delegates from 20 different countries joining in remotely to each event over the last couple of years. It’s the one technology series every year ...
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Digital Data is the key to sustainable forestry

Forestry and climate change challenges require a far more efficient, data-intensive approach than the current status quo. Forests are critical to fighting climate change, based in part on their ability to absorb carbon dioxide – the primary greenhouse gas threatening ...
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Another unique opportunity for young foresters

This new opportunity comes with a free conference registration – up to about eight of them in fact for – for this year’s ForestTECH 2022 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 15-16 November 2022. The Forest Industry Engineering Association ...
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NZ UAV pilots, have you heard of this new tool?

RNZAF Flight Advisor Service (flightadvisornz.io) is a new tool developed by Aeropath for the NZDF. The primary function of this tool is two-fold: Register and communicate low level hazards in uncontrolled airspace; Notify other airspace users of your operation to ...
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First AI-enabled carbon offsets for native NZ forests

New Zealand’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz (pronounced carbon zee), is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest. Climate change PhD candidate Finn ...
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ArcGIS software-based forest monitoring system developed

The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is developing a dashboard created with ArcGIS Dashboards that will generate reports about deforestation in the South American nation, which is renowned for its lush rain forests and exotic wildlife such as jaguars, capuchin monkeys, ...
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Swedish mechanised planting system planned for NZ

Plantma Forestry have developed a mechanised planting system that’s being used in Sweden and being trialled in both the US and Canada. During 2020 the machine was tested by 3 major forest companies in Sweden in a variety of conditions, ...
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FARO acquires mobile mapping pioneer GeoSLAM

FARO has announced the acquisition of one the world’s mobile scanning market leaders: GeoSLAM. With proprietary high-productivity simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) software to create 3D models for use in digital twin applications, the addition of GeoSLAM will put FARO ...
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World’s first service for capturing tree trunk data using camera drones

Katam continues to provide global forestry with services for precise decision support and increased wood growth and quality. By using autonomous drones for video recordings, Katam now introduces an additional method for acquiring forest data. A new service offered by ...
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