standards for pre-1990 forests approved
Statement of Core Purpose
on the future shape of NZFFA.
forestry software application for ETS forestry return
John Dermer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Jackson email@example.com
-Sthn High Country (north)
Angus Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org
-Taupo & Districts
Neil Cullen email@example.com
-Men of Trees
-Sthn High Country (south)
Hamish Levack firstname.lastname@example.org
-Bay of Plenty
-Gisborne East Coast
Dean Satchell email@example.com
Mapping standards for pre-1990 forests approved
The "Mapping Standards" for pre-1990 forests have
Essentially, they are the same as the existing post-1989 mapping
standards, with the difference that gaps less than 1.0 hectare must be
included in the mapped pre-1990 forest area; for post-1989 forests the
inclusion of such sized gaps is voluntary.
The pre-1990 standard has not yet been published on the website, but
will look just like the existing post-1989 standard, except that the
"Note" at the end of Section 4 will be removed.
The Mapping Standard and Guide are available at the MAF website: http://www.maf.govt.nz/sustainable-forestry/
It is anticipated that the Forestry Allocation Plan will be released in
late July, and that in August landowners will be able to start applying
for their allocation of units, or, if eligible, for their less than 50
The forms and guides for the applications for units and exemptions have
not yet been published, but will involve:
- Determining the eligible person who is entitled to
apply for the units or exemption (usually the landowner shown on the
certificate of title/Maori Land Court record at the date the plan is
- Proof the date the land was acquired (if applying for
the higher 60 units/ha allocation);
- Geospatial mapping of the eligible forest;
- A New Zealand Emissions Unit Register (NZEUR) holding
account number - go to www.eur.govt.nz
Note you do not require an account if applying for an exemption.
When creating your account, ensure that the name of the Account Holder
exactly matches that of the eligible person (i.e. registered landowner).
The application for allocations period is expected to run from 1 August
2010 to 30 November 2011. The less than 50 hectare exemption will
have a shorter window, expected to close on 30 September 2011.
Online applications/exemptions and mapping are expected to be available
at the MAF website in late 2010, so initially the applications will be
paper based forms with the applicant's self created shapefiles.
Forestry Allocation Plan
Details on the Forestry Allocation Plan are now
available at the MAF website: http://www.maf.govt.nz/sustainable-forestry/allocation/
Scions Statement of Core Purpose
Following a review of the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) last
February, interesting new science funding changes are about to be
implemented. CRIs are now going to be funded to deliver social,
environmental and economic benefits to NZ ahead of generating value for
their own businesses. Much more of CRI funding will become baseline
again, i.e. CRIs will not have to compete for with other CRIs,
universities & etc for so much of their finance. Emphasis is to be
put on the CRIs becoming much more collaborative and inter-dependent
with industry, government agencies and the communities that they
partner with. Concomitant with this will be changes in the
governance of science funding. MRST and FRST will be replaced by a
single entity that will monitor the CRIs and, where necessary, develop
As a first step in this process each CRI has developed a draft
‘Statement of Core Purpose’.
Discussion on the future shape of NZFFA.
Allan Laurie has kindly put his views in writing to open a discussion
on future directions for NZFFA. Should we remain static and serve the greater good,
or follow a more commercial
model? Please respond, we need to know what YOU want!
From conference there was a lot of discussion around the concern that
this organisation is becoming financially unsustainable and I know the
executive is grappling with this.
At conference I raised several options for developing a more commercial
lent to the business of the FFA. Those options include charging for
services provided including the supply of information. Such services
would be supplied at a discount to FFA members thus also encouraging
The challenge is to identify and determine all the information transfer
items within FFA business or possible business and develop a charging
and margin structure around the business. Annual or regular
bulletins, publications, software updates and the like can be included
in FFA website at a cost and advertised in Tree Grower. A review of
other items that should be in the online shop should include all
significant information we provide with the fee charged reflecting the
quantum of information.
Some examples might include:
- Give a range of joining options which creates buy in
whilst putting some well needed dollars in the account. For example, editions
of Tree grower available for purchase on-line discounted if you join
on-line, or with some other sweeteners thrown in (but certainly not a
free Treegrower, this sends the wrong message). So on the one hand you
can join now for $X or you can join and get your first copy of this
this and this plus membership to this and this special interest group
for a discounted joining cost of $X.
- Market reports available on line
- Industry Calculators available to buy on line
discounted to members, note membership should not include a free copy
despite the fact FFA has contributed to the making of it/them.
These are high value items and should be treated as such (I realise
this needs to be negotiated with FFR)
- FOA Industry Facts and Figures can be purchased on
- Diverse Species technical reports can be purchased on
line at prices well above what you would get them for as a member
- Any and all software produced by FFA and others for
sale on line
- Simple easy to understand information handouts on the
ETS, what you need to know as a farmer and or forest owner. Become a
member of the FFA ETS group (to be set up) and get regular updates on
ETS and what you need to know about being in the ETS space. Being an
FFA ETS group member means you get the information and updates and you
can add your carbon to the FFA pool for sale and avoid high commission
Clearly there will need to be margin negotiations and publication
agreements with other organisations such as FOA, FFR and NZIF.
In short we need to limit that which we give away for free and adopt a
more ruthless BANFF approach (Be Aware Nothing For Free)
I know such a philosophy might challenge some, but at the end of the
day we need to ensure the survivability of the organisation.
These comments should not be construed in any way as casting a shadow
over where we have been as an organisation because that has been a very
successful and vibrant space. However we face issues of change
and the above provides a critique on one of the places we could go to.
New forestry software application for ETS
AgResearch’s software development team has developed a simple software
application to assist farmers with completing an Emissions Trading
Scheme forestry return due on March 31. The application can use a
variety of standard aerial images that a farmer may already have and
may easily load images from Google maps. Forestry blocks can then be
outlined and the software will do the calculations using the rules and
tables in the MAF guidelines and prepare the files required for a
If anyone maybe interested in this application please forward their
contact information to me or forward my contacts on.
IT Development Manager
T +64 3 489 9089
Invermay Agricultural Centre
Puddle Alley, Private Bag 50034, Mosgiel, New Zealand
T +64 3 489 3809 F +64 3 489 3739 www.agresearch.co.nz