ForestTECH News Issue 42

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.

Thank you to everyone involved in last month’s ForestTECH 2020 that ran a couple of weeks ago. In a first for ForestTECH, a new hybrid format enabled us to host over 150 at the physical event in Rotorua and another 150 plus from 20 different countries virtually online. This global event highlighted new technologies in remote sensing, data capture, inventory management, forest establishment, mechanised planting and automated silviculture. A full write up and image gallery can be found in the story below. Video recordings and speaker presentations have already been provided to all conference delegates.

While still early days, ForestTECH 2021 has been scheduled for 16-17 November 2021 in Melbourne, Australia and 23-24 November 2021 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The exact format of next year’s event, depending on your feedback this year and how exactly COVID-19 is being handled, will be relayed to you in the first quarter of 2021.

December is finally here and what a year it’s been. COVID-19, the biggest pandemic in 100 years, has seen countries shutdown, borders closed and economies severely impacted. It’s also reinforced the importance of family, our colleagues and our connections throughout the sector. With vaccines now on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what a post-COVID world looks like this time next year.

It’s also easy to overlook that 2020 brought us the devastating forest fires in Australia, elections in New Zealand and the USA, international trade disputes, Californian wildfires and the rise of workplace technologies like Zoom – just to name a few.

This month’s issue of ForestTECH News covers a couple of excellent stories on using drones and sensors within forests to better detect and manage forest fires. We also highlight a system that’s been developed to better link satellite imagery with environmental data and, finally, cover a new solar-powered drone that’s being designed in NZ which they claim will rethink aerial imaging.

This will be the last ForestTECH News issue for 2020 and we will be back February 2021. We plan to be back in February 2021. Enjoy your Christmas break – if one is being taken – and thank you for your support and input over this last year.

Remember, you can also send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider community. 

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