Newsletter 146, July 2023
In this issue
Viv Barr with an NZFFA billboard in Awakeri
Greetings all. The Association has had a busy couple of months. The nationwide series of workshops Opportunities from Trees have been completed with generally good attendance and feedback. The NZFFA Executive and MPI will review how they went and hopefully we will be able to negotiate a contract for presenting a series with more detailed information on a similar range of topics next year. Te Uru Rakau/NZ Forest Service are busy adding to their network of forest advisors and it was good to have them along introducing themselves at the Workshops.
For the second time in 7 months we have had a great crew of at least 20 volunteers manning the NZFFA part of the Forestry Hub at National Fieldays near Hamilton. As well as answering a steady stream of inquiries from visitors to the hub, the Association was giving away a range of seedlings both native and exotic to young and old people keen to see whether they have green fingers. There was a marked interest in redwoods and poplars in particular and support for our Association was evident with 40 new members signing up. The Hub provided a valuable opportunity to network with other organisations and two members also took part in an entertaining debate on the merits of different species. Our contribution to the Hub was significant, with Graham West part of the overall organising group and Vaughan Kearns and Dave Forsythe putting in a big effort to ensure our displays and set-up worked well.
It has been a busy time on the political side of forestry. Both National and Labour have announced policies for restricting the conversion of farms to forestry using different methods. These measures may please some of our farmer members who have been concerned that livestock farmers have been unable to compete with forestry interests interested in buying farms. However, the likely effect of these policies if implemented will be a drop in land values, so farmers wanting to exit the industry will have to accept a lower pay-out as competition reduces.
This week we have had two sets of proposals released for consultation for changes to the ETS. The review of the Scheme is in reaction to claims that it is not working properly in reducing emissions as emitting companies find it cheaper to buy units or plant trees rather than actually taking actions to lower their emissions. There are 4 options offered to address these perceived deficiencies with the latter two proposing radical changes for how units earned from forestry will be priced.
The other proposal concerns the design of the Permanent Forest category in the ETS and what species will qualify. We will be making submissions on behalf of NZFFA before August 11 th so if any member has strong thoughts on these matters contact me or other Executive members.
Neil Cullen, NZFFA President
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Branch secretaries, please make sure you notify head office of any branch or action group events.
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NZFFA again played a large part in the Forestry Hub. We had approximately twenty people helping with manning the stand along with giving away plants to families in another area in the hub. A total of 3200 plants including cypress, eucalypt, redwood, manuka, akeake and cabbage trees were given away.
We had experts in a good number of different species on the stand at all times: redwood, eucalypt, oak, cypress, poplar/willow, native and radiata pine.
Each stopping point also had the relevant pamphlet available along with the Tree Grower and the Alternative Species booklet to give away. At the area where we gave away the plants to families, we interacted with approximately 3000 different people. They were given the relevant information on the plants they took.
Did we give a young budding forester thoughts as to a future career? Unfortunately, any sort of farming in New Zealand needs a social license to operate nowadays. I think we helped a lot to create a positive image of the role of planting trees on farms. We also signed up a reasonable number of new members.
Quite a few people travelled a fair distance to help with the setting up on the day before the start of the Fieldays, during the event and helped with pack down. Particular thanks to Vaughan, George and Ben, Also to Graham West for the work he does in making sure we are part of the event.
Additional comments from some of the other volunteers:
This time numbers were way better than last year. On the first three days we spoke to the steady stream of farmers and other landowners that came through.
On the Saturday this changed, and the numbers were much more urban based but there were lifestyle block owners, investors and people interested in community tree planting. The give away a tree section was very busy that day. We were able to help people who were
interested, educate, give advice or point them to somebody close by who could or sometimes just yarn about trees on farms and what they were up to.
Many of the other exhibitors remarked on how busy we were, how knowledgeable we were and how our presence was important to the whole Hub. It was good to be able to discuss forestry and land use issues and to network. It was good to have the support we had on hand which gave those there the chance to get out for a break for short periods and ease the load on us all. Thank you to all who made the effort to turn up. The fellowship amongst those there was a very important aspect as far as I was concerned as well as the interaction with the public and being able to spread our message in person.
What I saw is a great number of member volunteers, all very knowledgeable in their respective portfolios. We were the only Organisation that presents a mix of viable additional species guides additional to P. radiata. We had good handouts to provide especially the Alternative Exotic Forest booklet. There were high levels of engagement with the public, many respectful of the practitioner and ground level advice given. Didn't detect any antagonism against forestry, knowing the public media blitz on slash and anti Radiata.
I think that being part of the Forestry Hub has been fantastic for our Association and raised our profile. It is a great way to promote the industry and what we advocate for. As well as the verbal knowledge transfer the printed hard copies like the Alternative Exotic Forest
species booklets have been very well put together and received by farmers. The kids tree give away is a great conversation starter and gave the FFA another angle to talk to potential members, with the added bonus of being a feel-good factor.
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