Newsletter 114, October 2018
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
P.O. Box 10349
|Newsletter 114, October 2018|
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All ten episodes of Forest Call can now be viewed on the NZFFA website here. Episode Ten: Forest Call this week looks at the science going into our forest industry, from using drones and satellites, to the ways to make the trees in our plantation forests grow faster and better.
For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
On the recommendation of the joint NZFOA and NZFFA Small & Medium Enterprise Committee (SME), chaired by the NZFFA president, a project was commissioned to get better information for small forest investors on the real returns from small scale forestry and what are the key drivers of costs and profits.
This is a project managed by Graham West (BOP NZFFA Branch Chairman) who is ex Scion and now a registered forestry consultant.
NZFFA has held a series of consultation meetings with harvesting consultants in the BOP, Southern NI, and Canterbury. These were to explain the project, its support from the Forest Growers Levy Trust, and receive feedback on the approach.
We are having difficulty sourcing this information during this very busy period of harvesting.
This is a request direct to small forest owners who have harvested in the last 3 years to help by completing this template ; or alternatively requesting their harvesting consultant provide the information direct to Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be assured the data will be kept confidential. It will only be displayed in graphical or summarised regional format that protects its confidentiality.
Ideally we need a stand description and full costs and returns from the woodlots but any level of information is gratefully received.
If you would like an early copy of the project report that goes to the Forest Growers Levy Trust please advise Graham direct.
This will hopefully benefit the whole sector from more investors planting trees based on the confidence and understanding this information provides.
Scion’s application to the Environmental Protection Authority (APP203631) to release from containment a parasitoid wasp, Eadya daenerys, for biological control of larvae of the pest Eucalyptus tortoise beetle, Paropsis charybdis, a pest of Eucalyptus trees in New Zealand, is now open to submission from members of the public until 14 November 2018.
If you agree this larval biocontrol agent would be a useful addition to the biological arsenal to manage this pest, please make a submission in support of the proposal by following the link on the EPA website, and use their template (also attached here) to prepare your submission:
Editor's note: NZFFA have been behind this project right from the start, there has been a lot of work gone into this to ensure a safe biological control agent is introduced. Please support this application, we need to combat the ever-increasing pest introductions, with their natural enemies.
Each year forest and woodlot owners like yourself contribute about $9 million to supporting forestry in New Zealand. The investment comes from the Forest Growers levy. It supports research, health and safety, biosecurity, and a host of other activities which benefit growers.
In March/April 2019 forest and woodlot owners will be able to vote on setting the levy for the next six years. You are invited to a meeting to hear more about plans for what’s necessary for the future of our stake in forestry and what new government policies might mean for our industry.
You’ll be able to talk to representatives from the Forest Growers Levy Trust, the Forest Owners Association and the Farm Forestry Association.
If you can’t get to the meeting keep an eye on the website for a webinar.
I hope you can join us.
Public meetings in your area