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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 for private forestry information in Australia is being set up. It will include data on historic and current trials and highlight the valuable lessons leant for forest management. The data ...
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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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Australia’s forest restoration tactics re-evaluated

Australia’s forest restoration tactics re-evaluated

• More than 24 million hectares (59 million acres) burned during Australia’s devastating “Black Summer” bushfire season of 2019-2020, which formed part of a confirmed climate change-driven trend of worsening ...
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New Biomass Carbon Monitor launched

New Biomass Carbon Monitor launched

The Biomass Carbon Monitor provides global maps of annual change in carbon stocks held in forest biomass Forests and vegetation play a major role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere ...
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Geospatial trends & developments

Geospatial trends & developments

How is the geospatial industry evolving in today’s turbulent times? What are the trends and developments in the sector, and where is the business heading? Read the findings from GIM ...
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Monitoring planting using AI and remote sensing

Monitoring planting using AI and remote sensing

Scion data scientists working with remote sensing experts Indufor have developed a new commercial service to monitor forest establishment and indigenous forest fragments. New Zealand will need to plant forests ...
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Technology to make Australian forests smarter

Technology to make Australian forests smarter

The latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat series of podcasts takes a deep dive into some exciting Australian projects focused on the fusion of forestry and technology to help shape and ...
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Tools For Foresters initiative launches new website

Tools For Foresters initiative launches new website

It was quite a fitting week with the Australasian forestry industry celebrating 15 years of ForestTECH, Australasia’s premier annual forest technology conference running on 23-24 February - an event that ...
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Changes for Australian forest reporting?

Changes for Australian forest reporting?

This ABARES Position Paper identifies drivers for change in the mechanism of forest reporting through Australia’s State of the Forests Report (SOFR), including increasing user expectations for access to current ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 54

ForestTECH News | Issue 54

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. This is the first issue of 2022 and how things have changed since we last corresponded. Omicron has been an unwelcome game-changer in Australia ...
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ForestTECH 2021/22 is now a virtual online event only

ForestTECH 2021/22 is now a virtual online event only

The growing outbreak of omicron in New Zealand has resulted in the upcoming ForestTECH 2021/22 moving to a completely virtual online event. It will still be run on 22-23 February ...
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The drone industry in 5 years’ time

The drone industry in 5 years’ time

When I registered the company name Australian UAV in early 2103 the landscape for drone technology was very different to that that we work in today. There were 35 ReOC ...
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New radio technology keeps workers safe and compliant

New radio technology keeps workers safe and compliant

Otago forestry workers are using new radio technology to manage 23,730 hectares of forest more safely, even enabling them to perform under Covid-19 restrictions. Initially deployed to replace an outdated ...
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Development of a canopy sampling drone

Development of a canopy sampling drone

This video is part of the paper, "Design and Testing of a Novel Unoccupied Aircraft System for the Collection of Forest Canopy Samples," by researchers from the University of Tasmania ...
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Upscaling of Terrestrial Laser Scanning through fusion with remote sensing data

Upscaling of Terrestrial Laser Scanning through fusion with remote sensing data

Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is increasingly being fused with air/spaceborne Lidar to characterise vegetation structure across a range of forest ecosystems. This article explores the potential of this approach to ...
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New biomass mapping tool launched

New biomass mapping tool launched

Mapping the world’s carbon stores is essential for taking stock of the climate crisis. It informs our climate solutions, the emissions targets’ that countries set and so - it goes ...
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Longest endurance UAV flight in NZ

Longest endurance UAV flight in NZ

Media Release [21 Dec 2021]: Kea Aerospace Achieves Longest Endurance UAV Flight In New Zealand On Sunday 19th December Kea Aerospace has recorded the longest known flight for an unmanned ...
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New farm forestry program launched

New farm forestry program launched

Tuesday marked the official launch of a new, innovative farm forestry program, Decision Tree, in Bunbury, Western Australia. Decision Tree has been designed to rapidly assess the suitability of farms ...
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UAV’s for collecting forest canopy samples

UAV’s for collecting forest canopy samples

Last year we detailed a forest canopy sampling tool that was developed by a Canadian company, DeLeaves and is being used operationally, principally in North America and Europe. Suspended under ...
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Bushfire spread prediction model now operational

Bushfire spread prediction model now operational

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and the NSW Rural Fire Service have released Australia’s most advanced model for predicting the speed and behaviour of eucalypt forest fires, helping to save ...
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ForestTECH News | Issue 53

ForestTECH News | Issue 53

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. As 2021 comes to a close, it's been a year where Covid-19 has once again dominated the headlines, disrupted supply chains and threatened business ...
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Glyphosate’s economic and environmental Benefits

Glyphosate’s economic and environmental Benefits

Food and pasture growers as well as the forestry industry rely on glyphosate to prevent deep-rooted weeds from taking over their crops and decimating productivity, according to a report by ...
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TreeMapper App developed for farm foresters

TreeMapper App developed for farm foresters

Private Forests Tasmania and the Forest Practices Authority have developed Treemapper, a farm and forestry property planning app. The ‘Property Planning Mapper’ mobile application will deliver a handful of mapping ...
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