Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
It’s welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren’t already operating, are now opening up again. This will be a slow recovery though, with domestic and international trade still uncertain at this stage.
Here at FIEA, we have been busy planning for ForestTECH 2020 planned for early-mid November this year. The success with New Zealand and Australia’s handling of the pandemic has meant that in-person events like ForestTECH are now back on the table. Already, we’ve received a lot of interest from presenters, both local and international, to be involved and we look forward to releasing a programme for both countries very soon. If you’re interested in participating, either as a presenter or exhibitor in November, please get in contact with us. Details on the event can be viewed on the ForestTECH 2020 website.
In ForestTECH stories in this month, we cover TracPlus’s successful funding round. The New Zealand real-time tracking technology company looks to have a strong future within the sector. There’s also a great story we’ve included on how remote sensors are being used in Tasmania to protect the wedge-tailed eagle.
We have a number of drone-related stories, including the potential for ‘Beyond Visual Line of Sight’ flight and a case study of drone tree planting in Canada. Ground-based robots are also developing rapidly and we’ve highlighted a robotic ‘sheepdog’ being trialled on a NZ farm (we’re just not sure whether this is an exciting innovation or a glimpse of robots taking on far more than we’d ever anticipated).
Finally, three forest scientists, including Professor Joseph J Landsberg from Australia, have been awarded a major international prize for their model on predicting forest growth in a changing climate.
Read all the above stories and more in this month’s issue. Remember, you can also send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider community.
Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment
- What Impact Will BVLOS Have on Drone Use?
- Remotely operated robot herds NZ sheep
- Remote sensors to protect endangered bird
- Tree planting drones working on forest restoration
- Model for forest growth during climate change
- NZ drone company goes into liquidation
- New technology to predict wood quality
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