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Newsletter 49, April 2009

Newsletter 49, April 2009

New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
P.O. Box 1122


Farm Forestry Newsletter
April 2009 No. 49

In this issue

NZIF/MAF technical workshops on the ETS

Afforestation Grants Scheme

Notifying MAF of deforestation

Wood Imports to U.S.

Forestry Documentary

$20 million more for black liquor technology

The Feasibility of a wood to ethanol plant using a thermo-chemical process


Patrick Milne
-North Canterbury
-Central canterbury
-West Coast

Vice President

John Dermer
-Middle districts

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Executive

Denis Hocking
-Taupo & Districts
-Hawkes Bay

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

Branches must notify Head Office of any levy change before November.

A reminder to advise National Office of changes by 18th May.

June 30th 2009: Growers with less than 50 ha, last day to apply for an exemption from ETS;
July 31st 2009: last day to apply for allocation of free units.

NZIF/MAF technical workshops on the ETS
Please register as soon as possible, preferably by the 6th of May
The NZIF and the MAF have arranged six workshops to cover aspects of the operation of the ETS as it currently applies to forests. It is expected that each workshop will cover:
(a)                Procedures for applying to register for the ETS
(b)               Applying for an NZEUR holding account
(c)                ETS mapping Standard and Mapping Guide
(d)               Use of carbon look-up tables and filing emissions returns
(e)                Questions.
MAF is providing the lecturers and workshop material. We are looking at the possibility of a short NZIF update session at the end of each workshop. We are open to ideas of what this could involve.
The workshops are being held as follows (note venue and time may be subject to change):

The Nelson workshop will be followed by the NZIF 2009 AGM at around 2:30 pm and the NZIF Awards Dinner in the evening. The NZIF 2009 conference will take place on Monday 8 June, with a field trip on Tuesday 9 June.
Attendance will count for four hours of type one CPD for Registered Members. Please direct enquiries to Andrew McEwen (

The registration form can be found here.
While the workshops are primarily aimed at NZIF members, non-members are welcome to attend. Please pass on details to those that you feel would be interested in attending.

Afforestation Grants Scheme
This is a reminder that the 3rd Tender Round of the Public Pool for the Afforestation Grants Scheme closes on 30 April 2009 . Further information on this scheme and tender forms can be obtained at the following web address or by contacting a sustainable programmes advisor at your local MAF office in Whangarei, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hastings , Nelson, Christchurch or Dunedin . (

Notifying MAF of deforestation
(From MAF’s Sustainable Forestry Bulletin – Issue 6)
If you own forest land established before 1 January 1990 you must notify MAF of any deforestation greater than two hectares of forest since 1 January 2008 . The deadline for notification of deforestation that occurred in 2008 was 31 January 2009 . The deadline for the notification of deforestation that occurred since 1 January 2009 is 20 working days from the date of the deforestation.
To notify MAF, download and complete the form at: Return the completed notification form either to the email or postal mail address provided on the form. You will also need to apply for a New Zealand Emissions Unit Register holding account. You can do this at
Failure to notify deforestation of more than 2 hectares by 31 January 2009 may result in the landowner committing an offence under s 129 of the Climate Change Response Act 2002.
Exemptions: If you own less than 50 hectares of forest land you may be entitled to an exemption. To find out about the “less than 50 hectares” exemption visit:
Registration: You may be entitled to voluntarily register forest land that was established after 31 December 1989 in the Emissions Trading Scheme. You will also need to apply for an NZ Emissions Unit Register holding account. You can do this at
For further information on deforestation, exemptions or registration please visit:
Questions? If you are unsure of your obligations and entitlements under the Emissions Trading Scheme visit: or call 0800 CLIMATE (0800 254 628).

Wood imports to US
The USA is introducing new legislation for exporters of wood and wood fibre products. The new legislation, referred to within the ‘Lacey Act’, relates to a requirement for a statutory declaration for the plant species and forest source for all wood and wood fibre material imported into the US . This is intended to prohibit the importation of illegally logged wood products into the US .
The Wood Processors Association has prepared a summary paper on the Lacey Act, and is seeking industry response before sending a formal notification to the US on the requirements of this legislation. More information at
All enquires should be directed to Peter Bodeker of the Wood Processors Association

Forestry documentary
This documentary film entitled ‘A Convenient Truth’ has just been released by the UK Forestry Commission and FAO . You may already know of it but if you don't you can download it from the FAO website It's quite a large file (220 MB) but is well worth watching. The film runs for 17 minutes.

$20 million more for black liquor technology
Sweden's Chemrec has received US$20 million in a third round of financing to help it commercialize its technology for turning black liquor into a fuel. Black liquor is a liquid biomass produced in pulp and paper processing. Chemrec has come up with a way to efficiently gasify it before converting it into motor fuels. The process can also be used to produce electric power. Putting the opportunity into perspective, there's enough black liquor in the world to produce 45 billion litres of fuel a year, or enough to displace 2 percent of the global fuel demand. (GreenTechMedia)

The Feasibility of a wood to ethanol plant using a thermo-chemical process
Report for EECA (public release version) - August 2008
In a base case modelling scenario the plant produces 150m litres of ethanol and consumes 770,000 tonnes of wood per year.  The total investment required to build the plant would be NZ$170m.  The breakeven selling price is NZ$0.72 per litre.

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