Newsletter 108, April 2018
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Annual General Meeting – Forest Growers Levy Trust Inc
Tuesday 1 May 2018 – 1.00pm
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The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has released two reports on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) market, as well as some new information on the scheme and on NZ’s emissions.
The two reports we released on 12/4/2018 are:
We will be using the information from the reports for our work on NZ ETS market information and governance and will provide advice to Ministers in mid-2018. Consultation with stakeholders will follow in the second half of 2018.
New NZ ETS and emissions information is now available
The Ministry for Primary Industries have started publishing information on the processing of Mandatory Emissions Returns (MERs) for post-1989 forestry participants. These statistics will help market participants better understand New Zealand Unit supply in the NZ ETS. This information will be updated fortnightly and can be found here.
New Zealand’s national greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2016 is now released. The inventory is the official annual estimate of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions and removals in New Zealand. Following this, there has also been an update to New Zealand’s net position, which tracks progress towards our unconditional 2020 emissions reduction target.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the issues identified above, please email NZETSreview@mfe.govt.nz.
The NZ ETS team
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation say the fight against the plant disease myrtle rust is changing gear, given the prevalence of the disease across susceptible parts of New Zealand.
Myrtle rust has now been confirmed in the Tasman region at the top of the South Island, which means the disease has been found across almost all regions identified as most vulnerable based on habitat suitability and wind patterns.
"When myrtle rust was first discovered on mainland New Zealand in May last year, we said it would be a challenging disease to contain and eradicate but we would give it a good crack," says MPI's myrtle rust response spokesperson Dr Catherine Duthie.
"There has been an enormous operational effort over the past 11 months, but the windborne nature of the disease means that containment has not proved possible. We have signalled for a while the likely need to change gear from intensive surveillance and the removal and destruction of host plants to one where we look to manage the disease over the long term."
The fungus has been found in Tasman region on ramarama (Lophomyrtus) on a residential property in Collingwood in Golden Bay, and a commercial property at Pohara. In addition, MPI has confirmed infections on 5 properties at Omori on the south-western edge of Lake Taup?, which is also a new region for infection.
"We now have well over 540 infected sites across the North Island and now the top of the South," says Dr Duthie. "Because of the windborne, pernicious nature of the disease, we have to anticipate that there are likely to be many more infected sites beyond these."
Dr Duthie says the focus of efforts now had to be placed on a science programme designed to lift our understanding around the disease such as ways to treat myrtle rust, resistance and susceptibility, and to improve seed banking collection.
GCFF Newsletter 8 is out now and includes:
New mid-rotation fertiliser initiatives growing value
Nitrogen leaching trial in Kaingaroa Forest
Progressing sector-led biuret trials
Phenotyping for Precision Forestry
Tree-based phenotyping is characterising individual trees using a set of 50 crown metrics. Tree-based phenotyping will ultimately enable true precision forestry right down to the individual tree and micro-site level, requiring a long-term research and development horizon.
Scion Connections newsletter 27 is out now, and includes:
Growing a biofuelled New Zealand
Unleashing the power of forestry
Intergenerational land management solutions
New weapons in the battle for urban biosecurity
The economic impact of optimising radiata pine stand density
A new online calculator for radiata pine and Douglas-fir productivity is now available, free of charge.
The Forecaster Calculator was built for owners and advisors of small forests, who can use it to test out different management scenarios for their forests, according to what they want to produce – for example, it can provide estimates of the volume and log product mix on a particular site at a particular age. More >>
Press release - New Zealand Government, 6th April 2018
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide $250,000 for the development of a digital tool for farmers to assess the viability of planting trees on Taranaki hill country farms, Regional Economic Development and Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced.
“Landowners will be able to use the simple digital tool to identify the return on investment and benefits of planting trees on their hill country farms,” Shane Jones said.
“It could help accelerate tree planting in the hill country from current rates leading to jobs, and environmental and social benefits. The tool could include decision-making help on the Emissions Trading Scheme and utilising tools such as SEDNET, which is used to predict land management effects on erosion and sediment yield.
“It also supports the One Billion Trees programme and has positive benefits through an increased contribution to climate change mitigation, enhanced water quality, soil protection and biodiversity.
“Taranaki has about 80,000 hectares of hill country in low-producing pastoral grassland that would be better suited, in terms of sustainable land use, to some form of forestry or vegetative cover. Yet there has been a gap of practical information to help farmers with their decision making.
“For more marginal farm land, there’s clear evidence that supports higher returns for forestry per hectare compared to drystock over the rotation of a forest,” Shane Jones said.
The Taranaki Regional Council will lead the work as it has well-established relationships with hill country farmers to help diversify their land use where needed.
The development of the tool will take about 12 months and will serve as a pilot project which could be replicated in other regions. The $440,000 initiative is being co-funded by the Taranaki Regional Council, which will play a major role promoting the tool.