Newsletter 95, October 2016
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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|October 2016 No. 95|
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Monocultures are natural
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More trees part of the answer to agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions
Forest industry wants to see how government can deliver on Biosecurity 2025 promise
Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuations
Eucalyptus Beetle Investigation Underway
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment emphatic on tree solution for reducing greenhouse gases
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright has lobbied for trees as at least a short term ‘low tech’ solution for the increasing volume of New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Read the report here.
Dr Wright repeatedly stated that there is no ‘silver bullet’ imminent or proven for reducing methane from livestock or nitrous oxide from pastures, even if there are many solutions worth exploring.
In contrast, the report was much more optimistic about the greenhouse gas lockup of pine plantations. Sixty hectares of pine would capture the greenhouse gas output of a five thousand sheep farm over 20 years.
Dr Wright also suggested increasing use of winter or standoff pads for dairy cows. Dairy NZ recommends each cow on such a pad should be allocated a clean bed in such as pad, comprising 2.5m3 of sawdust, shavings or bark (which is the amount derived from about 2m3 of green timber)
From FOA e-news Issue 67
The Department of Conservation has released a new set of guidelines for kiwi protection. They were developed by Kiwis for kiwi’s National Mentor for Advocacy, Wendy Sporle, and include a short training module for forestry crews to manage on-the-ground kiwi.
Northland forestry companies, Summit Forests and Hancock Forest Management have begun rolling out the training to harvesting and roading crews and the programme will extend to the rest of New Zealand.
Wendy Sporle says “Many forestry companies are very proactive about protecting kiwi and doing a fantastic job. There is still a need though for a set of consistent, practical and effective steps that can be taken to adopt kiwi friendly forestry management across the board.”
Hancock Forest Management’s Environmental Planner, Tony Dwane, says “Some of our forests have isolated populations of kiwi and we are always vigilant for any kiwi sign. The new guidelines have simplified the information and made it easier to communicate to the crews what to do if encountering kiwi.”
“Quite a few of the crew members have never heard a kiwi call and were not aware of the difference between the male and female calls. This training will better prepare crews for any potential kiwi encounters in our forests.”
The Spring issue of the Forestry Bulletin is now available online at http://nzfoa.org.nz/resources/publications/bulletin
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