Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
Firstly, thanks for your support and buy-in to the reformatted ForestTECH 2021-22 a week or so ago. Initially scheduled for November 2021, the outbreaks of Delta and Omicron made it impossible to run the event live in Rotorua. Instead, all stops were pulled out in the two weeks leading up to 23-24 February to make it live online, using the same conference programme put together with many of you over the last 6-12 months.
Over 300 foresters from 15 different countries this year were involved. It was a record turnout. Feedback from delegates is still being collated but overwhelmingly, early comments received have been really positive. Despite Covid-19, the industry was able to provide an informative and very timely update on new developments and innovations around remote sensing, inventory management and forest establishment. Research, the development of this new technology and lessons from forest companies that had integrated and were working operationally with some of this new technology or equipment was the focus for the two days.
If links have not already been sent out, these will follow shortly to all delegates with details on how to view and download recorded presentations along with the PPT’s used by ForestTECH 2021/22 presenters. Early feedback is telling us that we may well look to run a shortened version of the event at our usual time of year, mid-late November this year in order that we can finally meet up. It’s been a while. Details will follow.
And in this month’s issue, to go along with the 21 presentations as part of the recently completed conference we’ve included a story and new resource related to the event and to our readers. As part of the Remote Sensing Cluster Group meeting the day before ForestTECH 2021/22, a new ‘Tools for Foresters’ website was launched. It’s an active grouping of UAV-users and enthusiasts from within the forest industry – and this number is growing very quickly. They’ll be using this new site to help develop this technology as well as providing a digital platform or central hub for UAV-related research, knowledge and resources amongst industry users. It’s really designed to get researchers and those deploying drones or UAV’s out in the forest much closer together.
Check out these stories, videos and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- Government funding for Victorian forestry research
- Australia’s forest restoration tactics re-evaluated
- New Biomass Carbon Monitor launched
- Geospatial trends & developments
- Monitoring planting using AI and remote sensing
- Technology to make Australian forests smarter
- Tools For Foresters initiative launches new website
- Changes for Australian forest reporting?
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