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ForestTECH November 2022 details now out

ForestTECH November 2022 details now out

Starting in 2007, every year, over 300 forest resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers to this part of the industry from throughout Australasia (and more recently, North and South America, Europe and SE Asia) have met up. It’s the annual ForestTECH series. For 15 years now, it’s been the one forest technology event ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 58

ForestTECH News | Issue 58

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. First off. For our loyal ForestTECH community, the good news is that the live – face to face – gathering that has been ...
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Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

With anticipated future innovations, this type of technology could be used to support bushfire risk management, improve the economic value of the nation’s timber resource, and overcome occupational health and ...
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A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

Airforestry has been in stealth mode since the start of 2020. But now they finally reveal their pioneering technology for forest management. “We have been working in secret for almost ...
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Scientific research station marks 60th anniversary

Scientific research station marks 60th anniversary

In New Zealand, a Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary. NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station is almost exactly halfway between the ...
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New Forests enters agreement for sale

New Forests enters agreement for sale

New Forests, a global investment manager of nature-based real assets and natural capital strategies, last Friday announced Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui) and Nomura Holdings, Inc (Nomura), have entered into ...
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First high-resolution global vegetation height map

First high-resolution global vegetation height map

Using an artificial neural network, researchers at ETH Zurich have created the first high-resolution global vegetation height map for 2020 from satellite images. This map could provide key information for ...
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NZ Forest Nursery Growers elect new president

NZ Forest Nursery Growers elect new president

At their recent AGM the New Zealand Forest Nursery Growers Assn elected Peter Harington as the incoming president. Peter manages Rotorua Forest Nursery. The NZFNGA look after the interests of ...
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Autonomous drone swarm flies through forest

Autonomous drone swarm flies through forest

An algorithm guides the drones to avoid collision, fly efficiently and as a team. This is part of an experiment led by scientists from Zhejiang University in China. The drone ...
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Project to TRIGger more Victorian tree plantings

Project to TRIGger more Victorian tree plantings

An exciting new forestry project has been launched to support the integration of more trees on farms in Victoria – helping the state achieve its net zero carbon goals by ...
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Shopify purchases carbon offsets from DroneSeed

Shopify purchases carbon offsets from DroneSeed

Reforestation company DroneSeed has announced its largest sale of offsets to date to Shopify, a leading provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, which is on a mission to reverse ...
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2021 NZ tree stock sales & forest planting

2021 NZ tree stock sales & forest planting

Following the main winter planting season, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) undertakes an annual survey of tree stocks sold by commercial forestry nurseries in New Zealand. The results are ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 57

ForestTECH News | Issue 57

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. We are major proponents of digital technologies and the opportunities that they enable. FWPA's new project is one such project where a centralised database ...
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A single source of information for private forestry

A single source of information for private forestry

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing a single, centralised database for private forestry information through a national project to collect and collate information about commercial farm plantations, private ...
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NASA releases new forest biomass-carbon product

NASA releases new forest biomass-carbon product

NASA’s GEDI mission has reached a major milestone with the release of its newest data product, which provides the first near-global estimate of aboveground forest biomass and the carbon it ...
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GOES 18 weather satellite launched

GOES 18 weather satellite launched

Whether it's wildfires that sweep across the West Coast, storms rolling in from the Pacific Ocean or dense fog that blankets the Pacific Northwest, a new weather satellite will be ...
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Rocket Lab catches falling rocket booster

Rocket Lab catches falling rocket booster

Rocket Lab successfully catch falling rocket booster with a helicopter. Rocket Lab has successfully caught one of its Electron rocket boosters, using a helicopter, as it parachuted back towards the ...
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Scientists fight to keep Lidar on Space Station

Scientists fight to keep Lidar on Space Station

A controversy is brewing between remote sensing scientists and administrators from NASA and the agency’s international partners. The debate centers around how long the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar ...
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The Best Consumer Drones for 2022

The Best Consumer Drones for 2022

Drones have become an essential tool for forestry companies over the last decade. Technology continues to evolve and many consumer drones are now incorporating some of the advanced imaging, video ...
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The Many Different Faces of Lidar-based Survey Methods

The Many Different Faces of Lidar-based Survey Methods

Thanks to sensor miniaturization, laser technology is available for surveying and mapping professionals in many different guises nowadays. This selection of articles highlights the diversity of Lidar as a flexible ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 56

ForestTECH News | Issue 56

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. We have a tonne of interesting videos this month. We have several from the recent ForestTECH event which highlighted mechanised planting developments, technologies ...
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Tech advancements and trials with mechanised planting

Tech advancements and trials with mechanised planting

The second day of the just-completed ForestTECH 2021/22 event focussed on advancements in automated silviculture with a particular focus on mechanised planting operations – new technology, developing technologies and an ...
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