Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.
We are pleased to release the programme for our end-of-year ForestTECH 2023 event series. The event pulls together 28 speakers from New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Scotland, Singapore and South Africa.
Now in its 17th year, ForestTECH 2023 will run on 14-15 November in Rotorua, New Zealand and again, on 21-22 November 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. Themes cover remote sensing, forest data capture and inventory management, tree crop management, automated silviculture (including mechanised planting, thinning and pruning) and forest establishment. Visit the website for further details and to register.
In this edition of ForestTECH News, we’ll be covering:
- The Australian government has announced $73.76 million in grants to support the establishment of new forestry plantations.
- A new $100 million institute will be based in Tasmania and help drive innovation in the forest and wood products sector.
- A new forest health monitoring solution has been developed that uses satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to detect and track forest disturbances.
- The NZ Department of Conservation has partnered with the Predator Free 2050 Trust will help to accelerate the progress towards a predator-free environment.
- Auckland’s Forest Flows research aims to understand how water moves through forested catchments during and after weather events that range from light rainfall to heavy storms.
- CSIRO’s new tool will provide farmers, policymakers, and researchers with access to nationally consistent soil data and information.
- Scientists at Scion and Lincoln University found that forest soils can consume methane at a rate of up to 100 grams per square meter per year.
- AFGA report finds that the current water rules are a major barrier to investment in plantation forestry in Queensland.
So, sit back, grab a drink, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in the world of remote sensing, forest data capture and tree crop management.
Stories this issue:
- ForestTECH 2023 November series programmes live
- New Australian Forest & Wood Innovations institute
- Australian plantation establishment grants welcomed
- Forest health monitoring solution developed
- New partnership to help meet predator free targets
- New research reveals how much forests absorb water
- CSIRO launches national soil data & information tool
- Methane-munching forest soils to the rescue
- Water rule lifting required to unlock plantation investment
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