Newsletter 93, August 2016
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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|August 2016 No. 93|
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Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuations
Eucalyptus Beetle (Paropsisterna beata) Investigation underway, Wellington region
For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
New strategies for expansion of the bioenergy and biofuels market
What's wrong with wilding trees?
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'Dirty dozen' accused of cheating ETS
Forester calls for polluter pays policy to encourage planting
Disaster Around Corner as Foreign Owners Clean Out Forests
Wood-processing industry under threat - Wood Council
Severe shortage of logs for Canterbury's sawmills
25th Anniversary of the signing of the NZ Forest Accord
Wood and carbon values boost forest interest
Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security
Carbon tax could lower emissions and GST
Australian Forest Growers have extended an invitation to all NZFFA members to attend the AFG Conference in Launceston Tasmania (23-26 October, 2016) with a discounted registration rate.
Please note that early-bird registrations close at the end of this month (31 August). Also there are some places available on the preconference tour so bookings are still welcome for participation in this very popular tour (18-22 August).
On Monday, 5 September 2016 Stage One entries will open for the 2017 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards. These prestigious awards have been held for 40 years. New Zealand architects, engineers, builders, students and others using locally sourced timber and wood-based products, manufactured in NZ, are invited to submit their projects for consideration.
Wood has long been prized as a building material, but continuing advances in wood processing and engineered wood products to improve their properties mean they are proving to be a more sustainable and economic alternative to other construction systems. A strong case can be made for high rise buildings of 30 storeys-plus to be built of engineered wood.
“Entries must be for projects completed between 1 January 2015 and 28 February 2016, and of course projects must have significant timber content,” says Debbie Fergie, NZ Wood’s Promotion Manager. We have a new ‘Innovation of Student Design’ category this year, which we hope will expand the range of entries even more. As they say – watch this space!”
The event will culminate in a gala awards dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 9 March 2017, when all winners will be announced. For a full list of entry criteria, and a timeline of entry submissions and judging announcements, call Debbie on 021-807 002, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.nzwood.co.nz.
Combining the woodlots was done to attract a reputable contractor and to provide economies of scale ensuring a high quality job was done at a competitive harvesting cost. The three blocks comprised total of 25 hectares of ground-based harvesting in the Whangara district of the East Cape. The woodlots were owned by the Seymour’s, Newman’s and Thomas’s. more>>
Last year, Carter Holt Harvey environmental manager Philip Millichamp told the Climate Change and Business conference in Auckland, New Zealand that when environmental costs were factored in, forestry stacked up well against dairying.
Large amounts of forest land in the central North Island have been converted to dairy farming since the collapse in carbon prices in 2011 slashed the carbon liability associated with deforestation. Millichamp told delegates at the conference that a report by the Crown Research Institute Scion showed that forestry could be as profitable as dairying.
That report, commissioned by Oji Fibre Solutions and the Waikato Regional Council and reviewed by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, has now been made public. It compares a 28,000 hectare representative forest in the Central North Island with a dairy farm in the same area, with 26,600 grazable hectares.
The report says that based on pure market drivers, a hectare of dairy generates, on average, 50 per cent higher returns than does a hectare of steady-state forest. But that’s without accounting for the environmental benefits of forestry, and the environmental damage caused by dairy farming.
While the report’s representative forest produced just under NZ$161 million of manufactured product, compared with the dairy farm’s NZ$194 million, the forest produced nearly NZ$31 million worth of environmental benefits, in the form of carbon sequestration and prevention of nitrogen leaching. The dairy farm produced NZ$18 million worth of environmental costs. Adding in other ecosystem services from forests, such as the impact on biodiversity, recreation opportunities, flood mitigation and erosion reduction, would further boost the profitability of forestry.
The full report can be downloaded here.
Source: 2016 Carbon News