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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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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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Komatsu Forest to acquire Bracke Forest

Komatsu Forest to acquire Bracke Forest

Komatsu Forest AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Komatsu is going to acquire Bracke Forest AB headquartered in Bräcke, Sweden, a company that develops, manufactures and sells application-specific attachments for ...
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Mobile terrestrial laser scanning of NSW native forests

Mobile terrestrial laser scanning of NSW native forests

In 2021, mobile terrestrial LiDAR data and ground-based measurements were collected across 15 native forest plots in coastal NSW as part of a small pilot program. This remotely sensed LiDAR ...
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EPA approves wilding conifer weedkiller

EPA approves wilding conifer weedkiller

A weedkiller to target wilding conifers has been approved for use in New Zealand, with controls, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) says. Method 240 SL is a herbicide used to ...
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Ash forests to forests of ash

Ash forests to forests of ash

Desperate efforts to regenerate Victoria’s towering ash forests, which are being regularly decimated by bushfires, involves a dedicated group searching high and low to bank enough seeds for their survival ...
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Development of a remote-controlled scarifier

Development of a remote-controlled scarifier

The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, “Skogforsk”, has received funding to develop a remote-controlled scarifier. The goal is to bring the technology of remote-controlled forest machines closer to reality. The ...
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Carbon sequestration – how does NZ redwood stack?

Carbon sequestration – how does NZ redwood stack?

New Zealand has committed to a net-zero emissions target by 2050. Carbon uptake by rapid planting of new forests is the only way New Zealand has to remove CO2 from ...
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AutoPlant – is this going to be planting this year?

AutoPlant – is this going to be planting this year?

In February last year, Forestry.com wrote about the AutoPlant project, an autonomous planting machine. We also covered it in a February 2021 issue of Friday Offcuts. Now, over a year ...
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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 ...
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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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