Newsletter 84, August 2015
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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|August 2015 No. 84|
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Nominations to fill board vacancies open 1 - 18 September 2015.
For more information visit http://forestvoice.org.nz
Call for Nominations for Farm Forestry Awards
Husqvarna Farm Forester of the Year North Island and South Island: Our two prestigious awards for farm forestry achievement. Prizes are a Husqvarna chainsaw and custody of the engraved plaque for a year. Recipients must be present at Conference. Judging criteria include personal effort in tree planting and results, service to community, depth and spread of knowledge, and service to NZFFA.
NZ Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry: Awarded by NZ Landcare Trust for innovation as in the title. Prize is $2,000. Usually awarded to a recipient residing in the same island as the Conference is being held (to facilitate the recipient being able to attend to receive the prize).
Michael Hay Award: Awarded by the Michael Hay Trust to a younger farm forester who is actively planting trees. Prize is $5,000 to be spent on further plantings. The award is judged by an independent panel and the initial assessment is on a desktop basis – hence the importance of descriptive documentation and photographs in support of the nomination.
Forest biosecurity – New Zealand needs to act locally and globally
Managing weeds in planted forests
Making better use of forest soil microbes
Minimising the environmental impact of weed management in New Zealand’s planted forests
Forest Industry Safety Council Director appointed
For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
Sustainable management or tropical rainforest destruction?
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How much of the initial performance of seedlings is determined by their state when leaving the nursery gate? Scion has established a new trial series to explore this issue, and needs your help to expand further.
The Southern North Island Wood Council was recently launched by the Minister of Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy. Based on the MPI Wood Supply region, the area covered stretches from Taranaki to Wellington on the western side and Southern Hawkes Bay to Cape Palliser in the east. It incorporates the territories of 3 Regional Councils and 17 Local Authorities.
The forest estate in this region totals 165,800 ha or about 9.6% of the national total. Of this, 31,000 ha are in corporate ownership; about 11,000 ha are in syndicated forests, and about 13,000 ha of forests are owned by overseas investment funds. A large area (about 110,000 ha) is in the form of small-scale forests and farm wood lots.
The region is notable for the large number of small owners, with 22% of the national total of forest owners holding between 40 and 99 hectares. Harvesting this resource represents a significant challenge to the sector in terms of the planning and organising for the harvest, harvest crew availability and logistics. Regional coordination is required for such a disparate resource and geographically spread sector.
A dedicated and specific Wood Council was seen as an opportunity to address this, and the Southern North Island Wood Council was formally established in April 2014. It is a membership-based Incorporated Society. It has a Board and a CEO.
The SNI Wood Council has chosen to present itself as a broad-based organisation that represents the whole sector. It aims to collectively advocate for its members on key issues, allow members to congregate in a non-competitive environment, and also to lead the drive towards best practise in all aspects of forestry operations, particularly Health & Safety. It will also coordinate support for industry advocacy in District and Regional planning matters, as well as for NES-related issues, thus avoiding costly duplication of effort.
Through Wood Council membership, members will be able to access to industry networks and gather information through specific events, meetings and field days. The inaugural Chairperson for the grouping is Dave Hilliard, Juken New Zealand and CEO, Geoff Cameron.
Source: Friday offcuts
More of New Zealand’s post-1989 plantation forests are outside the Emissions Trading Scheme than are in it. The scheme is supposed to encourage the planting of carbon-sequestering forests, but latest Government figures show the impact of forest owners bailing out of the scheme over the past two years.
In 2012, a third of post-1989 plantation forest, or 182,000 hectares, was outside the scheme. But by last year, the amount of forest outside the scheme had more than doubled to 382,000 hectares, or 58 per cent of the total amount of post-1989 forest.
The Emissions Trading Scheme, which came into force in 2008, allows the owners of forest planted since the Kyoto Protocol baseline year of 1990 to annually claim for carbon credits equal to the amount of carbon stored in their trees that year.
Initially, forest owners embraced the scheme, but changes in Government policy, coupled with record-low carbon prices, saw them leaving the scheme in droves. But the extent of the exodus has surprised even Forest Owners’ Association chief executive David Rhodes.
“If you’d asked me whether more post-89 forest is in the scheme or out, I would have said it’s probably about even,” he told Carbon News. Carbon prices fell steeply in 2012, with spot NZUs hitting a low of $1.50 in February 2013, making carbon trading unattractive to foresters, who say they need prices around $17 a tonne to encourage planting.
But Rhodes says the real blow came in last year’s Budget, when the Government moved without warning to close what it saw as an “arbitrage loophole” being exploited by foresters using cheap international credits to meet their carbon obligations.
“The arbitrage thing was a nail in the coffin of the ETS for many,” he said. Recent rises in prices, to around $7 a tonne, have drawn foresters’ attention, he says, but they are not yet high enough to bring them back into the ETS.
“We are watching what happens in (international climate negotiations) in Paris later this year, and waiting to see what the Government will do in its review of the ETS,” he said.
Source: Carbon News 2015