Environmental Forestry 2024 Programme

Programme | New Zealand

Timezone: NZST

Day One

Tuesday 25 June 2024
9.00am - Kauri Room
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
9.00am - Card 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
10.35am - Card Room
Pre-Conference Workshop: Update on Wilding conifer control tools and regulation
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

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 / Tu 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 catchmentsDon White, Scientist, Forest Systems, Scion
  • Linking the Forest hydrological results with stakeholders’ questionsGrace Villamor, Research Group Leader, Economy and Society