Newsletter 96, December 2016
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
P.O. Box 10349
|December 2016 No. 96|
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14 December 2016
Changes to Future Forests Research Ltd
At a Special Meeting of FFR members held yesterday to consider changes to Future Forests Ltd, the following resolutions were passed:
Accordingly all resolutions were approved by current FFR members who are funding the Steep Land Harvesting and Specialty Wood Products research programmes.
For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
NZFFA Middle Districts Conference
6-9 April 2017, Feilding. (Additional Whanganui Day 10 April)
A Forest Flows
Plantations can be very productive
Eucalyptus selection for New Zealand - what is the elephant in the room?
Farm forestry to merge with NZ Forest Owners?
NZFFA members can set up their own blogs on the NZFFA website. Email Dean.
Update on Paropsis biocontrol December 2016
More trees part of the answer to agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions
Forest industry wants to see how government can deliver on Biosecurity 2025 promise
Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuations
Introducing the NZ Eucalyptus Pests app
You can now download an app for your Android or Apple mobile device that makes it quick and easy to record observations of leaf beetles on eucalypt trees. The "NZ Eucalyptus Pests" app is available for free on Google Play and Apple's App Store.
The app contains fact sheets about three eucalyptus leaf beetles in NZ. It lets you tap on a species to take a photo and submit an observation (so it's super quick to make an observation. It also lists all the observations you've added to this project so you can check what IDs and comments have been made. The app lists all of your the observations in the Eucalyptus leaf beetles NZ project, whether you added them with the app, the NatureWatch NZ website, or the iNaturalist app.
Parosisterna beetles in Hawkes Bay and Waikenae
Two new tortoise beetle incursions are being monitored by NZFFA. Reports are available on the NZFFA website:
Parosisterna variicollis (EVB or Eucalyptus Variegated Beetle) in Hawkes Bay region
Paropsisterna beata (ELB or Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle) Whitemans Valley and Waikenae, Wellington region
A quick update and friendly reminder from our NZFFA Neil Barr Foundation project on Harvesting. The initial component is a survey of farm forest values and harvesting experiences and we have received responses from (only) 7 landowners spanning Northland to Otago. Some interesting information to date:
Our goal is to complete 20 surveys to ensure we get a good representative overview of values and harvesting experiences. So a friendly reminder for you to encourage one or two farm foresters in your region that have had harvesting work carried out in the last two years to participate in the survey. This will really help our understanding and reporting. Thanks in advance you for your consideration.
The dates for the 2017 funding round of the AGS have been confirmed. The round will open on 13 March 2017 and close on 27 April.
The purpose of the fund is to achieve a better environment through planting new forests. Whether it be carbon absorption or reducing land erosion, the scheme is already making a real contribution.
Next year’s round is expected to see the momentum of the first two rounds continue. MPI was very pleased with the number and quality of applications in this year’s round, and approved 81 grants for a total of 4,818ha of new forests.
That’s the same number of grants as last year, but with an additional 1,918ha of land which will result in over 5.5 million new seedlings planted during winter 2017.
This shows how the AGS is becoming better utilised by land owners, and means that after two funding rounds the scheme is well on track to meet the target of planting 15,000ha of new trees by 2020.
Ministry for Primary Industries