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Newsletter 48, January 2009

Newsletter 48, January 2009

New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Farm Forestry Newsletter
January 2009 No. 48

In this issue

Eucalyptus Workshop February 2009

Eucalyptus milling demonstration, February 13th

Membership page

Media release: Australasian Professional Foresters Support Measures to Reduce Deforestation

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degredation

Opinion: Carbon used or carbon stored?

NZIF Briefing Paper to the Incoming Government, November 2008

Bio-foam breakthrough

Review of the Emissions Trading Scheme


Patrick Milne
-North Canterbury
-Central canterbury
-West Coast

Vice President

Denis Hocking
-Taupo & Districts
-Hawkes Bay

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Executive

John Dermer
-Middle districts

Ian Jackson
-South Canterbury
-North Otago
-Sthn High Country (north)

Neil Cullen
-Mid Otago
-South Otago
-Men of Trees
-Sthn High Country (south)

Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North
-Lower North
-South Auckland


Primary Sector Water Partnership meetings with
regional councils
PWSP is in the process of arranging a series of follow up meetings in some regions to discuss in more detail the PSWP priority catchment programme. The regional council reps have been asked to come back with the details on the catchment/s that they have selected for their regions. (i.e. catchment name, mix of land use etc). 
The expectation is that depending on the mix of land use within the selected catchments, there would be someone from each of the sectors at each of these meetings. I have asked the regional council reps to select catchments, if they can, that have a reasonable mix of land use rather than just a single land use. Despite this some land uses may not be represented in some regions.

The dates for the meetings are set out below. Branches please consider who you will send to these meetings to represent NZFFA.
It is hoped that by mid January, a list will be provided that includes a few more details. Those interested in participating should contact the NZFFA PSWP representative Grabrielle Walton

Northland          16 February, 1pm - 4pm
Waikato                17 February, 1pm - 4pm (To be confirmed)
Bay of Plenty      18 February, 1pm - 4pm
Hawke's Bay     4 February, 9am - 12noon
Horizons           3 February, 9am - 12noon (To be confirmed)
Wellington            2 February, 1pm - 4pm
Canterbury           5 February, 9am - 12noon
Otago               3 March, 1pm - 4pm
Southland          4 March, 1pm - 4pm (To be confirmed)

Conference 2009: 
The registration form can be downloaded from here (pdf), or can be accessed from the website.
Please inform local members about registering for Conference 2009, Gisborne 19th-23rd April.

Call for nominations for election of three executive members at the 2009 conference in Gisborne
Retiring Executive Member (North Island):
        Mr John Dermer, R D 7, Feilding.
        Elected April 2004.  John is available for re-election.

Retiring Executive Member (South Island):
        Mr Neil Cullen, Glenomaru Valley Road, R D 1, Balclutha.
        Elected April 2007.  Neil is available for re-election.

Extraordinary Executive Member vacancy (South Island):
The extraordinary vacancy which ensued from the election of Patrick Milne as President in 2007 has remained unfilled.

Non-Retiring Members of the Executive:
National President:
        Mr Patrick Milne, 75 Raddens Rd., Ohoka, R D 2, Kaiapoi.
        Patrick will complete the second year of a two-year term as President in 2009 but has chosen to serve an additional one-year term as provided for under the amended clause 11(b)(ii) of the Constitution and Rules.
North Island Members:
        Mr Denis Hocking, R D 1, Bulls.
        Elected 2001 but had previously served on the Executive.
        Mr Dean Satchell, Skudders Beach, R.D.1 Kerikeri
        Elected March 2006
South Island Members:
        Mr Ian Jackson, Hunter, R D 1, Timaru
        Elected April 2003.

Nomination forms can be downloaded here.  Nominees for Executive can be nominated only by branches in their respective islands.  Nominees must sign their consent and nominations must be received by Head Office, by 20 January 2009. 

Closing date for nominations is 20 February 2009
  • The Husqvarna Farm Foresters of the Year Awards (North and South Islands) recognise excellence and achievement in farms forestry, including service to the association and the community. Download nomination form
  • The Michael Hay Memorial Award is a $5,000 grant to enable a younger farm forester to maintain the impetus of planting trees. Download nomination form
  • The NZ Landcare Trust Innovation Award recognises innovation in sustainable farm forestry – “think outside the square”.                       Prize:  $2,000.  A requirement is that an Innovation Award field day be held on the property.                                                                           
Send nominations by due date to:  NZFFA National Office. Nomination forms may be requested from NZFFA National Office, or downloaded from here.

NZFFA Health and safety representative required:
Many thanks to Dave Gratton for his many years of service. However we now need a replacement representative. Please contact Bruce Bulloch for more information or to lodge an expression of interest. While a Wellington or Rotorua-based person would be the ideal, NZFFA has some funds to cover travel costs for our representatives, and for the H & S representative some outside funding is also likely to be available. 

Due to an error, some November 2008 copies of the Tree Grower did not have the National Conference 2009 programme registration form inserted.
Each Branch secretary should have 10 additional copies so members should source one locally or access a copy from the NZFFA website [please include address ]
We look forward to hosting members from across NZ at the Gisborne conference in April 2009, we can assure you of an interesting programme.
Nick Seymour, conference chairman.
phone 06 8622697 or email
Meg Gaddum, conference secretary and registrar

Eucalyptus Workshop February 2009
University of Canterbury Wood Technology Research Centre presents
Revisiting Eucalypts WORKSHOP 2009  
Thursday 12 February 2009

This Workshop is an opportunity to explore opportunities for eucalypts, ranging from carbon capture to substitution for tropical woods. The emphasis will be as much on your informal discussion, interpretation and application of ideas as on the presentation of technical material by the speakers. It is hoped that participants will capture practical benefits for their own commercial profit. At the same time the discussions will enable us to tune our own research goals to industry needs.
Registration will be in the Office of the School of Forestry, which is accessed via Forestry Road, off Creyke Road, on the Ilam Campus of the University of Canterbury. The registration pack will include a car parking sticker and a copy of the Workshop Notes.
The Workshop will be held in Lecture Theatre COM 101 of the Commerce Building.  Coffee, Lunch and Tea will be provided in the School of Forestry’s Common Room.  There is designated day-long parking on campus. The closest is immediately adjacent to the Commerce Building – between there and Creyke Road.

There is a charge of $50 (including GST) to cover the cost of lunch, and
to contribute towards administration costs. Download the enrollment form and programme here.

Eucalyptus milling demonstration, February 13th, Canterbury
This milling demonstration and research project will be on the day following the Eucalyptus workshop, on the 13th Feb. Small diameter Canterbury Eucalyptus nitens will be milled and seasoned to establish recovery volumes and quality. Local Canterbury branches should find this most interesting, and financial support would be appreciated. An application to Sustainable Farming Fund to complete the project, which aims to assess the economic potential of Eucalyptus in New Zealand has been prepared but depends on branch support. Canterbury has a large resource of E.nitens, so come along and show your support.
Milling Location: Mike Davies, Downs Road, Hororata, Ph. (03)3186899
Please bring earmuffs.

Enquiries contact Dean Satchell (09)4075525

Membership web-page
This page is for membership use, and can be accessed here. Please have a look at it and give me feedback, ideas and suggestions. Dean Satchell

Media release: Australasian Professional Foresters Support Measures to Reduce Deforestation
New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Te P?tahi Ng?herehere o Aotearoa Inc.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia
17th December 2008

Following conclusion of the fourteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poznan, Poland, the Presidents of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA), Dr Peter Volker, and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF), Dr Andrew McEwen, have jointly expressed support for international recognition of activities to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) within the post-2012 Kyoto framework.
IFA and NZIF represent Australasia’s forest scientists, forest educators and forest land managers, with a combined membership of over 2000 professionals.
REDD is a proposed mechanism whereby developed nations can encourage reduced emissions in developing countries by helping to improve their forestry practices.
Emissions from deforestation are currently estimated to result in approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
IFA members attending the conference in Poznan noted the widespread support for incorporation of a REDD mechanism to help meet the objectives of the UNFCCC.
Critics of REDD have argued that timber harvesting, particularly of native forests, should be stopped in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Dr Volker acknowledged that old growth forests store very high levels of carbon, but noted that when properly managed, timber harvesting only temporarily reduces the amount of carbon stored in part of the forest, while maintaining a constant reservoir across the entire forest estate.
“In addition, what also needs to be better recognised internationally is that when timber is harvested, carbon is transferred from the forest to the harvested wood product, where it continues to store carbon for long periods of time” said Dr Volker and Dr McEwen.  “If reforestation activities follow harvesting then the storage capacity of the forest is restored, leaving the carbon stored in wood products as a net removal from the atmosphere” they said.
Given the very low emissions associated with timber production followed by reforestation, the IFA and NZIF consider that it would be a perverse greenhouse outcome to substitute the use of wood products with more greenhouse intensive materials such as aluminium, steel and concrete.
“The optimal approach to implementation of REDD is a combination of well-managed reserves, alongside a timber harvesting estate with secure tenure, in which sustainable forest management is practiced” they said.
While the Presidents noted that REDD can be implemented using technologies that are already available, significant capacity-building effort s are required to assist implementation in developing countries.  “As part of a global network of skilled forestry professionals, we are well-placed to provide technical assistance in implementation of REDD in developing countries.”  They added that successful implementation of REDD will require skills in the areas of forest measurement, monitoring, remote sensing, policy and community stakeholder consultation.
In response to concerns expressed by indigenous groups that REDD could potentially to displace or fail to provide benefit to indigenous peoples, the Presidents stated “the IFA and the NZIF would support a REDD framework with the broadest possible participation of indigenous peoples, where benefit flow to forest-dependent communities is maximised.”   “The traditional owners of the land have a wealth of knowledge from centuries of implementing sustainable forestry practices, and we should draw on this knowledge in implementation of REDD.”

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degredation
Peru is seeking $200 million in international contributions over the next ten years to cut deforestation to zero, reports BBC News. 
Speaking to BBC News at the U.N. climate meeting in Poznan, Poland, Environment Minister Antonio Brack said Peru would aim to conserve 54 million hectares of forest over the next 10 years, an area that could eventually rise to 60 million. He said the country is seeking $20 million per year from industrialized nations to augment the $5 million the Peruvian government is willing to commit. He added that the government believes 80 percent of the country's primary or old growth forests can be saved. 
  "We are not a poor country going to the Poznan meeting begging for aid," he told the BBC. "We are an important country with a large area of forest that has a value."
The Peruvian proposal segments the 54 million hectares into four categories: 17 million hectares of existing national parks, 12 million for indigenous reserves, 21 million for sustainable forestry development, and 5 million for eco-tourism. Some of the funds would go towards increasing the country's nascent environmental police force from 61 officers to more than 3,000. 
  While it wasn't initially clear how reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) mechanism would play into Peru's proposal, the emergence of a market for forest carbon could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the country.

Opinion: Carbon used or carbon stored?
Under the confidence and supply agreement signed on 16 November between National and Act, National has agreed to a review by a special select committee of Parliament into the current ETS. The opportunity as I see it is for a sensible u-turn towards centralised and direct subsidisation of clean energy technology.
The forest industry should be focusing on the mitigation benefits of bioenergy and woody biomass as a fossil energy substitute. This  market share for biofuels will only increase, and over time will exceed by far the value of forest carbon offsets, and represents revenue without liabilities attached. In my opinion the forest industry should be focussing their attention on the energy minister. Gerry Brownlee has tabled in Parliament a Bill to repeal the obligation placed on oil companies to sell a certain proportion of biofuel. National also is to repeal the 10 year moratorium on new base-load fossil-fuel thermal electricity generation. This effectively delays wood-energy thermal generation, with coal the winner. In fact Mr Brownlee has recently called coal "sexy". He probably has no idea of the potential for wood to meet our energy needs, or that Tasmania has actually developed export markets for wood fuel. Is the forest industry knocking on the wrong doors when we engage only with the ministers for Climate Change and Agriculture and Forestry?
Dean Satchell

NZIF Briefing Paper to the Incoming Government, November 2008
Forests and Forestry, an essential ingredient of New Zealands Economy, Society, Environment. (PDF)

Bio-foam breakthrough
New Zealand researchers have again been honoured on the international stage with a new environmentally friendly biofoam winning a prestigious annual International Bioplastics Awards in the "Best Innovation in Bioplastics" category. The novel low density, polylactic acid (PLA) foam was entered in the awards on account of its green credentials, key performance attributes at low densities comparable to existing oil-based materials such as expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), and its ability to be processed on existing EPS manufacturing lines.

The awards were presented on December 3 in Munich, Germany and accepted on behalf of the Biopolymer Network, by awards director Mr Steve Crowhurst. The research and product development was undertaken by a team of Scion scientists within the Biopolymer Network, a joint venture between three of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes, Scion, AgResearch and Plant & Food Research. Scion Chief Executive, Tom Richardson, says "Within this project, we have extended the functional application and use of this commercial bioplastic, creating a new biofoam. The foam offers similar performance standards to the materials that are more familiar to people such as polystyrene, which is made from traditional, oil-based plastic."

Biopolymer Network Acting Chief Executive, Sarah Heine, says "This biofoam ticks the sustainability box and can potentially be used in many applications where polystyrene is traditionally applied such as in thermal or acoustic insulation and typical building practices.The process has been demonstrated in a commercial polystyrene moulding plant in New Zealand to prove the concept is operable on real, existing, manufacturing lines, removing many barriers to uptake which may otherwise have existed."
Source: Friday Offcuts

Review of the Emissions Trading Scheme

The Parliamentary select committee met on 18 December. Craig Foss was appointed deputy chairperson. The committee called for written submissions on its terms of reference, which are available on the parliament website, and set a closing date for submissions of 13 February 2009. Submitters have been asked to identify the particular terms of reference they are submitting on.
The committee will next meet on 12 February 2009.

Terms of reference
  • hear views from trade and diplomatic experts on the international relations aspects of this issue
  • consider the prospects for an international agreement on climate change post Kyoto 1, and the form such an agreement might take
  • require a high quality, quantified regulatory impact analysis to be produced to identify the net benefits or costs to New Zealand of any policy action, including international relations and commercial benefits and costs
  • identify the central/benchmark projections which are being used as the motivation for international agreements to combat climate change; and consider the uncertainties and risks surrounding these projections
  • consider the impact on the New Zealand economy and New Zealand households of any climate change policies, having regard to the weak state of the economy, the need to safeguard New Zealand’s international competitiveness, the position of trade-exposed industries, and the actions of competing countries
  • examine the relative merits of a mitigation or adaptation approach to climate change for New Zealand
  • consider the case for increasing resources devoted to New Zealand-specific climate change research
  • examine the relative merits of an emissions trading scheme or a tax on carbon or energy as a New Zealand response to climate change
  • consider the need for any additional regulatory interventions to combat climate change if a price mechanism (an ETS or a tax) is introduced
  • consider the timing of introduction of any New Zealand measures, with particular reference to the outcome of the December 2009 Copenhagen meeting, the position of the United States, and the timetable for decisions and their implementation of the Australian government
  • and report to the House accordingly.

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