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ForestTECH News | Issue 61

ForestTECH News | Issue 61

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Interest in this year’s ForestTECH 2022 series is now starting to really ramp up. Three years of not meeting face to face in Australia and two years in New Zealand, it’s just one of the many reasons the ForestTECH community is getting in early. Content and the technology on show of course is ...
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World’s first service for capturing tree trunk data using camera drones

World’s first service for capturing tree trunk data using camera drones

Katam continues to provide global forestry with services for precise decision support and increased wood growth and quality. By using autonomous drones for video recordings, Katam now introduces an additional ...
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Where’s My Drone? BVLOS for forest operations

Where’s My Drone? BVLOS for forest operations

Forest environments are notoriously difficult for drone (unmanned aerial vehicle - UAV) operations. Aside from the trees themselves, hilly terrain, remote areas provide challenges for drone operators. Add in the ...
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Timberlands’ big, hairy, audacious goal

Timberlands’ big, hairy, audacious goal

In May 2017, New Zealand’s Timberlands Ltd Board of Directors and senior managers toured through Puruki Experimental Forest in the Central North Island with a team of Scion scientists. As ...
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New biomass satellite taking shape

New biomass satellite taking shape

It is the first satellite to take a technology called P-band radar into space - and it should help scientists to distinguish the wood from the trees. In a dust-free ...
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Forest establishment & mechanised planting profiled

Forest establishment & mechanised planting profiled

ForestTECH is this region’s premier forestry technology series. It’s the one forestry technology event that brings together forest resource managers, inventory foresters, remote sensing, GIS, mapping and forest inventory specialists ...
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Glyphosate not carcinogenic, says EU chemicals agency

Glyphosate not carcinogenic, says EU chemicals agency

The opinion is set to influence decision on whether to reauthorize the controversial herbicide in the EU. The controversial herbicide ingredient glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans, according to ...
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DNA - transforming the fight against illegal logging

DNA – transforming the fight against illegal logging

With the right equipment and a little luck, stealing a tree from a swath of land as remote and vast as the Olympic National Forest should have been easy enough ...
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Jetson ONE - World's first EVTOL work trip

Jetson ONE – World’s first EVTOL work trip

At the end of last year, we covered a story from Jetson (for those old enough you’ll remember well from your childhood those cartoons in the 1960’s that crossed our ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 60

ForestTECH News | Issue 60

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Interest in this year’s ForestTECH 2022 series being run for New Zealand and Australian resource and tree crop managers is now starting to ...
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US$36m raised for drone reforestation efforts

US$36m raised for drone reforestation efforts

Fire seasons are now longer and the destruction more intense, as fires burn hotter and spread to more drought-stricken ground. Since the start of this year, 32,247 wildfires have burned ...
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NZ's forest cover change being mapped

NZ’s forest cover change being mapped

Microsoft and New Zealand Crown Research Institute, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, are teaming up to develop improved detection of land use and forest cover change in New Zealand. Microsoft says ...
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Australia’s first 4D digital mapping project

Australia’s first 4D digital mapping project

Tasmania to get 4D digital twin with Virtual Tas using laser scanning and image capture technologyEnzen Australia and 42-24, a TasNetworks’ subsidiary business, have launched Virtual Tas, a joint venture ...
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NSW planting efforts doubling in size this year

NSW planting efforts doubling in size this year

Key points: 6.5 million trees will be planted around Tumut and Tumbarumba by the end of AugustPlanting efforts have doubled to help the timber industry recover from the Black Summer ...
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Precision Forestry: A forest of one

Precision Forestry: A forest of one

A single tree does not make a forest – just yet. Scion is developing and testing a range of precision forestry technologies with Hawke’s Bay forestry company Pan Pac Forest ...
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Ultra-long range hydraulic drone lifts serious weight

Ultra-long range hydraulic drone lifts serious weight

A unique heavy-lift UAV out of Edinburgh promises to obliterate the power and range of electric drones using a Rotax engine and bent-axis hydraulic motors similar to those used on ...
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Soaring demand for trees to offset Australia's emissions

Soaring demand for trees to offset Australia’s emissions

From 50 trees to 2.8 million. That has been the trajectory for Lisa McCreery's native tree nursery since it was set up 43 years ago by her parents outside Tammin ...
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Monitoring system for sensitive environments

Monitoring system for sensitive environments

The conservation and restoration of remnant native woodlands and wetlands to enhance biodiversity and ensure the sustainability of habitats is a priority for many agencies. The task, however, of monitoring ...
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Drones – heading towards a futuristic vision

Drones – heading towards a futuristic vision

The role of drones is growing rapidly in various industries, including inspection, surveillance and time-critical transport. Fast, long-flying and cost-effective drones can cope with challenging environments. Technological developments and active ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 59

ForestTECH News | Issue 59

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. In last month’s issue, we announced that the ForestTECH 2022 event had just been set up for forest resource and tree crop managers ...
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Drone planting 40,000 tree pods a day

Drone planting 40,000 tree pods a day

Giant drones are the latest weapon in an ongoing "war" against the introduced African olive tree in southern Sydney. The drones are planting out a steep ridge line in the ...
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Planting trees outside the normal planting season

Planting trees outside the normal planting season

Newly published research by Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service into tree planting will provide some welcome solutions to problems foresters and planters are all too familiar with.“The ...
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