Newsletter 119, March 2019
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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The early bird discount registration fee closes on Sunday 7th April. Until then you can still receive the conference discount of $50.
“Fast Forward” 15-20 May 2019, Rotorua
The Bay of Plenty Branch welcomes you to the 63rd Annual Conference that will be based in Rotorua with field-trips across the Bay of Plenty.
This Conference and Expo will bring together: technical and economic information, land owners and investors, service providers, new technologies and policies, new ideas and fresh perspectives, along with plenty of time to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances.
Organised by the BOP Branch of the NZ Farm Forestry Association, this is an Annual Conference at a water-shed moment in forestry. Key issues for farm foresters at this time include:
For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
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Boosting forest productivity, technology, safety and skills and reducing environmental impacts are at the heart of a new programme announced yesterday. Te Mahi Ngahere I te Ao Hurihuri – Forestry Work in the Modern Age is a new NZ$29.3 million, 7-year collaboration between Forest Growers Research Ltd (FGR), a consortium of forest owners and forestry machinery manufacturers and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
It has its sights on developing a new in-forest harvesting and log sorting system specific to New Zealand’s forests, using automation and robotics – a first for New Zealand. “Technology is increasingly important in improving safety, skills and productivity, and protecting the environment,” says FGR Chief Executive Russell Dale.
“Our industry relies on people, but labour shortages and rising costs in harvesting forests and transporting logs are holding the industry back and reducing our ability to grow. Our new programme with MPI aims to automate the tasks after felling that have traditionally required substantial labour. These include log branding, log sorting and scaling. We also want boost the efficiency of forestry operations, take people away from hazardous harvesting roles, and give them the skills they need for the future.”
MPI’s Director Investment Programmes Steve Penno says at the heart of the new programme is creating sustainable benefits for New Zealand, by delivering economic, environmental and social outcomes. “This new programme brings key industry players together to tackle common challenges facing our forestry industry, and will deliver solutions that keep people safe, and boost their skills and capability,” says Mr Penno. “It’ll also help to bridge the gap between demand for our logs and the shortfall in labour. All of these are essential for a thriving forestry industry.
FGR’s Harvesting Programme Manager Keith Raymond says as harvesting shifts to forests planted in the 90s and onto steeper land in smaller, more isolated holdings, the industry faces the challenge of reducing costs and improving efficiency to maintain our international competitiveness.
“Current technology and processes mean logs are handled between eight and twelve times before they’re loaded for export. This adds time and cost. Unless we make a fundamental shift in our forest harvesting operations, New Zealand may have difficulty meeting demand and remaining competitive. We believe our programme can deliver this shift. It will also help to maintain good momentum in forestry innovations and keep New Zealand at the forefront.”
MPI and the industry partners are finalising the contract for the programme, which is expected to deliver operational cost savings across industry of NZ$27.5 million per annum by 2025, increasing to NZ$76.8 million per annum by 2031.
The Speciality Wood Products Partnership has raised 2 trials for establishment this year as below
For Winter 2019 we are looking for sites for 2 types of trial
Trial 1 site species mapping- large plots (81 or 100 trees) of 12 commercially released Cypress hybrids from the program, two Farm forestry selections (M1 and 2/20), plus E. fastigata and C. macrocarpa as below. Looking to develop a network of these trials so performance can be monitored through the installation of PSP’s in the future
Trial 2 C. macrocarpa canker tolerance testing- In 2010 roughly 100 Macrocarpa selections showing little or no canker infection were made in the Gwavas 1984 progeny trial, which was heavily infected with canker at the time, grafted and sent to Proseed who set up an orchard. We now have open pollinated seed from these selections, as well as control pollinated and cuttings of the selections ready for testing. This material should contain tolerant geneotypes and the trial will identify tolerant families and crosses for future Macrocarpa planting
I am waiting for stock counts, but my expectation is that this trial will require 5 to 6ha of land- ideally 1 in the North Island and 1 the South- preferably Southland/Otago if available
For trial purposes we are looking for uniform sites with minimal changes in aspect and slope etc. Ex farmland or cutover will be suitable.
SWP/Scion will supply the trees, and the technical assistance to install the trial.
SWP/Scion will require access to the trial until felled for the purpose of taking measurements, health assessments, wood samples etc.
SWP/Scion will own the germplasm- generally covers collection of seeds or cuttings or grafting material- the Landowner cannot “Breed from” or “Propagate From” trial material.
Will supply a planting crew (minimum 6) to plant the trial at their cost- trials usually take 2 to 3x longer to plant per unit of area even with experienced planters.
Complete any pre plant spraying(if required) and enough post plant weed control to get trees established- at their cost.
Secure the trial from stock(if required) generally no grazing in the trial- their cost.
Generally no silviculture before the trial has had its first major growth/form (~mean top height around 10m) and health assessment- then by agreement.
Will own the logs at harvest.
If you are interested in the first instance can you reply via email (reply not reply all) with a location, general information on aspect, previous use, likely future weeds, a google earth image and whatever else you think might be relevant
I am happy to answer any questions via email if more information is required
Thanks in advance
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New biocontrol for Eucalyptus pest approved by EPA
Ligate adhesive family is growing
A set of guidelines for forestry work around power lines has been put together by representatives from FICA, FISC, Transpower and other power companies. While the guidelines are intended primarily for contractors, much of the material is equally applicable for the small-scale forester with power lines across their property.
The Scion-developed and part-industry funded Pest Incursion Economic Impact Calculator has been completed and is available by request from me now.