Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
We start this month with the sale of 24,000ha of Green Triangle forests, located on the border of Victoria and South Australia, to AXA IM. This is their first Australian forestry investment and one of the largest in recent times for the South Australian timber industry. Gresham House, the UK’s largest commercial forestry manager, has been appointed the plantation’s asset manager.
With ForestTECH 2021 coming up this November, we plan on profiling each month some of the major innovations being discussed. This month, the focus is on the resurgence of mechanised planting with trials and commercial operations underway in both NSW and the Central North Island in New Zealand.
At recent ForestTECH events, local foresters and tree crop managers have heard from companies like DroneSeed and AirSeed Technologies. They’ve been using drones and seed pods for planting – typically for reforestation or rehabilitation. Another trial is underway at the moment with a New Zealand company this time who are involved in one of the largest reforestation projects that’s been undertaken in the country.
If you listen to podcasts, or are keen on hearing real people talking about forest technology, there is a new podcast called ‘The Digital Forester’. It is hosted by Ken Lim from Canadain-based Lim Geomatics and is well worth a listen.
Check out these stories and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- Ecologists compare accuracy of lidar technologies for monitoring forest vegetation
- Scanning the forest from the ground, the air and from space!
- CSIRO opens satellite offering for Aussie Earth observation
- UK forestry manager to manage Australian estate
- New entrant secures 24,000 ha of Australian pine
- The Digital Forester Podcast: Murray Woods – Treedimensions
- Lidar Crop Classification with Data Fusion and Machine Learning
- Mechanised planting technologies being profiled
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