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AU$120m investment for new plantation estate

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The Victorian government is investing in a new plantation estate in Gippsland to plant millions of trees to maintain the state’s timber supply and reduce emissions. An AU$120 million investment will fund the plantation of 16 million trees in regional Victoria in collaboration with Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP), who are expected to match the state government’s investment. The trees will …

Four workshops set up for ForestTECH 2022

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The ForestTECH series has firmly established itself on the Australasian calendar. Since 2007, aside from a recent hiccup or two with Covid enforced travel and meeting restrictions, it’s been run annually for the forestry industry on both sides of the Tasman. In more recent years, it’s also truly become an international event with well over 100 delegates from 20 different …

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Digital Data is the key to sustainable forestry

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Forestry and climate change challenges require a far more efficient, data-intensive approach than the current status quo. Forests are critical to fighting climate change, based in part on their ability to absorb carbon dioxide – the primary greenhouse gas threatening our planet. However, trees aren’t just for reducing carbon emissions; they are renewable resources and sustain biodiversity. That’s why understanding …

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Another unique opportunity for young foresters

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This new opportunity comes with a free conference registration – up to about eight of them in fact for – for this year’s ForestTECH 2022 event running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 15-16 November 2022. The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) has teamed up with the WIDE Trust, a charitable Trust formed in 2018 that supports the development and education …

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NZ UAV pilots, have you heard of this new tool?

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RNZAF Flight Advisor Service (flightadvisornz.io) is a new tool developed by Aeropath for the NZDF. The primary function of this tool is two-fold: Register and communicate low level hazards in uncontrolled airspace; Notify other airspace users of your operation to enhance safety. Activities such as NZDF low level operations, RPAS, temporary hazards through NOTAM, permanent hazards (i.e., high wires, verified …

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First AI-enabled carbon offsets for native NZ forests

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New Zealand’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz (pronounced carbon zee), is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest. Climate change PhD candidate Finn Ross is the founder of Carbonz. He says the foundation of the business is rooted in allowing Kiwi businesses and …

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ArcGIS software-based forest monitoring system developed

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The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) is developing a dashboard created with ArcGIS Dashboards that will generate reports about deforestation in the South American nation, which is renowned for its lush rain forests and exotic wildlife such as jaguars, capuchin monkeys, and giant armadillos. Esri mobile apps such as ArcGIS Field Maps and ArcGIS Survey123 also will be used by staff …

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Swedish mechanised planting system planned for NZ

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Plantma Forestry have developed a mechanised planting system that’s being used in Sweden and being trialled in both the US and Canada. During 2020 the machine was tested by 3 major forest companies in Sweden in a variety of conditions, types of ground, different seedlings etc. The Plantma-X proved to be a reliable machine and in the autumn of 2020 …

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FARO acquires mobile mapping pioneer GeoSLAM

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FARO has announced the acquisition of one the world’s mobile scanning market leaders: GeoSLAM. With proprietary high-productivity simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) software to create 3D models for use in digital twin applications, the addition of GeoSLAM will put FARO in an excellent position to significantly expand and accelerate market growth opportunity in the mobile scanning space. With the purchase …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 61

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Interest in this year’s ForestTECH 2022 series is now starting to really ramp up. Three years of not meeting face to face in Australia and two years in New Zealand, it’s just one of the many reasons the ForestTECH community is getting in early. Content and the technology on show of course is another …

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World’s first service for capturing tree trunk data using camera drones

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Katam continues to provide global forestry with services for precise decision support and increased wood growth and quality. By using autonomous drones for video recordings, Katam now introduces an additional method for acquiring forest data. A new service offered by Katam Technologies utilises autonomous drones to complement manual measurements of tree trunk diameter. With this new solution, forest owners and …

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Where’s My Drone? BVLOS for forest operations

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Forest environments are notoriously difficult for drone (unmanned aerial vehicle – UAV) operations. Aside from the trees themselves, hilly terrain, remote areas provide challenges for drone operators. Add in the complexity of technical, operational, and regulatory considerations in a forest environment and it becomes a challenge to operate UAVs in forestry when visual contact is not maintained. A recently published …

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Timberlands’ big, hairy, audacious goal

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In May 2017, New Zealand’s Timberlands Ltd Board of Directors and senior managers toured through Puruki Experimental Forest in the Central North Island with a team of Scion scientists. As they stood on the top of a hill in Puruki they could see their own Kaingaroa Forest estate, just 20 kilometres to the east and they knew that they needed …

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New biomass satellite taking shape

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It is the first satellite to take a technology called P-band radar into space – and it should help scientists to distinguish the wood from the trees. In a dust-free cleanroom in Stevenage, the European Space Agency’s BIOMASS satellite is finally taking shape. And as science missions go, it’s a big one. The spacecraft is several metres high and weighs …

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Forest establishment & mechanised planting profiled

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ForestTECH is this region’s premier forestry technology series. It’s the one forestry technology event that brings together forest resource managers, inventory foresters, remote sensing, GIS, mapping and forest inventory specialists and researchers from throughout Australasia. For the last two years, tree crop, forest establishment and silvicultural managers have also been involved as part of this annual series. In the last …

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Glyphosate not carcinogenic, says EU chemicals agency

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The opinion is set to influence decision on whether to reauthorize the controversial herbicide in the EU. The controversial herbicide ingredient glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans, according to a scientific opinion published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment found that “the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate …

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DNA – transforming the fight against illegal logging

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With the right equipment and a little luck, stealing a tree from a swath of land as remote and vast as the Olympic National Forest should have been easy enough. In the summer of 2018, Justin Wilke, a Washington man in his late-thirties, found what seemed like the perfect candidate for poaching: a big-leaf maple located about a quarter mile …

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Jetson ONE – World’s first EVTOL work trip

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At the end of last year, we covered a story from Jetson (for those old enough you’ll remember well from your childhood those cartoons in the 1960’s that crossed our screens, the Jetsons), a Swedish company with a mission of making the skies available for everyone with their safe personal electric aerial vehicles. They were flying the vehicle through the …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 60

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. Interest in this year’s ForestTECH 2022 series being run for New Zealand and Australian resource and tree crop managers is now starting to really ramp up. Three years of not meeting face-to-face in Australia and two years in New Zealand, is just one of the many reasons our ForestTECH community is getting in early. …

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US$36m raised for drone reforestation efforts

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Fire seasons are now longer and the destruction more intense, as fires burn hotter and spread to more drought-stricken ground. Since the start of this year, 32,247 wildfires have burned over 3.3 million acres in the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Centre. An early start to the season, and an especially brutal beginning in New Mexico, puts …

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NZ’s forest cover change being mapped

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Microsoft and New Zealand Crown Research Institute, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, are teaming up to develop improved detection of land use and forest cover change in New Zealand. Microsoft says its AI for Good team will work with Manaaki Whenua’s Remote Sensing team to develop models and methods to assess and monitor changes in land use and land cover at …

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Australia’s first 4D digital mapping project

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Tasmania to get 4D digital twin with Virtual Tas using laser scanning and image capture technology Enzen Australia and 42-24, a TasNetworks’ subsidiary business, have launched Virtual Tas, a joint venture which will undertake annual statewide aerial captures of Tasmania to create a 4D Digital Twin. Using laser scanning and image capture technology, along with the ability to model and …

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NSW planting efforts doubling in size this year

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Key points: 6.5 million trees will be planted around Tumut and Tumbarumba by the end of August Planting efforts have doubled to help the timber industry recover from the Black Summer bushfires One third of the area’s total plantation was lost in the fires More than 100 crew members are out in cold, wet and sometimes snowy conditions, to plant …

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Precision Forestry: A forest of one

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A single tree does not make a forest – just yet. Scion is developing and testing a range of precision forestry technologies with Hawke’s Bay forestry company Pan Pac Forest Products in New Zealand to make a ‘forest of one’ a reality sooner rather than later. A forest of one means that we are effectively able to apply forestry management …

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Ultra-long range hydraulic drone lifts serious weight

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A unique heavy-lift UAV out of Edinburgh promises to obliterate the power and range of electric drones using a Rotax engine and bent-axis hydraulic motors similar to those used on huge tree harvesters. It’s now lifting 95 kg in testing. Flowcopter promises an extraordinary 900 km of range and more than six hours of endurance, as well as a huge …

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Soaring demand for trees to offset Australia’s emissions

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From 50 trees to 2.8 million. That has been the trajectory for Lisa McCreery’s native tree nursery since it was set up 43 years ago by her parents outside Tammin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. “Mum started off with 40 or 50 trees,” Mrs McCreery said. “That’s how I got my pocket money, just working in the nursery, my sisters and …

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Monitoring system for sensitive environments

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The conservation and restoration of remnant native woodlands and wetlands to enhance biodiversity and ensure the sustainability of habitats is a priority for many agencies. The task, however, of monitoring and reporting on numerous small areas located on private land across the landscape regularly is onerous. This article introduces a monitoring framework developed in collaboration with Waikato Regional Council’s (WRC) …

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Drones – heading towards a futuristic vision

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The role of drones is growing rapidly in various industries, including inspection, surveillance and time-critical transport. Fast, long-flying and cost-effective drones can cope with challenging environments. Technological developments and active research open up new avenues for them. Automatic drones are rapidly becoming part of transport systems in various industries. They have great potential, for example, in construction and aerial surveillance …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 59

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. In last month’s issue, we announced that the ForestTECH 2022 event had just been set up for forest resource and tree crop managers in New Zealand and Australia. It’s been a long time coming and will run in both countries in November. In keeping with one of the two key themes for ForestTECH, we …

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Drone planting 40,000 tree pods a day

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Giant drones are the latest weapon in an ongoing “war” against the introduced African olive tree in southern Sydney. The drones are planting out a steep ridge line in the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan in Sydney’s south, where 85 per cent of the highly invasive species has been cleared so far. The park’s director of horticulture, John Siemon, …

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Planting trees outside the normal planting season

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Newly published research by Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service into tree planting will provide some welcome solutions to problems foresters and planters are all too familiar with. “The research has enabled us to come up with strategies to successfully plant trees outside of the normal planting season, and also have a better understanding of how to safely …

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Komatsu Forest to acquire Bracke Forest

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Komatsu Forest AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Komatsu is going to acquire Bracke Forest AB headquartered in Bräcke, Sweden, a company that develops, manufactures and sells application-specific attachments for silviculture. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on 1 July 2022 on the condition that all necessary procedures for closing are completed. The impact on Komatsu’s consolidated business results …

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Mobile terrestrial laser scanning of NSW native forests

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In 2021, mobile terrestrial LiDAR data and ground-based measurements were collected across 15 native forest plots in coastal NSW as part of a small pilot program. This remotely sensed LiDAR data provides detailed information about forest structure that can give insight into forest condition and function. The pilot has generated a valuable source of information that could be used to …

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EPA approves wilding conifer weedkiller

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A weedkiller to target wilding conifers has been approved for use in New Zealand, with controls, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) says. Method 240 SL is a herbicide used to control wilding conifers and other woody plants on non-crop farmland, conservation land and recreational parks. It contains the active ingredient aminocyclopyrachlor. While aminocyclopyrachlor is new to New Zealand, the United …

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Ash forests to forests of ash

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Desperate efforts to regenerate Victoria’s towering ash forests, which are being regularly decimated by bushfires, involves a dedicated group searching high and low to bank enough seeds for their survival. An icy wind starts to strengthen on the peak of Mount Wills in north-east Victoria. It’s just another part of the challenging and changing conditions that professional climber Daniel Jenkins …

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Development of a remote-controlled scarifier

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The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, “Skogforsk”, has received funding to develop a remote-controlled scarifier. The goal is to bring the technology of remote-controlled forest machines closer to reality. The choice of a scarifier for this project is because it’s easier to control compared to other types of forest machines. Scarifiers operate in an environment where most trees have been …

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Carbon sequestration – how does NZ redwood stack?

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New Zealand has committed to a net-zero emissions target by 2050. Carbon uptake by rapid planting of new forests is the only way New Zealand has to remove CO2 from the atmosphere at the speed required to meet our net-zero target. The centrepiece of New Zealand’s afforestation response to climate change is radiata pine as the species has high growth …

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AutoPlant – is this going to be planting this year?

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In February last year, Forestry.com wrote about the AutoPlant project, an autonomous planting machine. We also covered it in a February 2021 issue of Friday Offcuts. Now, over a year has passed and the planting season is here again. Can we count on the AutoPlant this year? You may have noticed dear reader, that mechanized planting is something I find …

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ForestTECH November 2022 details now out

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Starting in 2007, every year, over 300 forest resource managers, remote sensing, GIS and mapping specialists, inventory foresters and technology providers to this part of the industry from throughout Australasia (and more recently, North and South America, Europe and SE Asia) have met up. It’s the annual ForestTECH series. For 15 years now, it’s been the one forest technology event …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 58

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. First off.  For our loyal ForestTECH community, the good news is that the live – face to face – gathering that has been put on hold for three years in Australia (and, two years in New Zealand) is planned to be run live in both Rotorua and Melbourne in mid-late November.  Since 2020, the …

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Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

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With anticipated future innovations, this type of technology could be used to support bushfire risk management, improve the economic value of the nation’s timber resource, and overcome occupational health and safety risks. The recently completed report, A review of current mechanical & robotic tree pruning equipment, was developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Forest Research Institute (FRI) and …

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A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

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Airforestry has been in stealth mode since the start of 2020. But now they finally reveal their pioneering technology for forest management. “We have been working in secret for almost two years and already have paying customers among Europe’s largest forest owners. But now it’s time for our public launch. We want to tell you about our concept, which is …

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Scientific research station marks 60th anniversary

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In New Zealand, a Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary. NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station is almost exactly halfway between the equator and the South Pole, about 36 km from Alexandra, and deliberately situated in a remote, unpopulated area to take advantage of the clean air and clear skies. It is …

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New Forests enters agreement for sale

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New Forests, a global investment manager of nature-based real assets and natural capital strategies, last Friday announced Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui) and Nomura Holdings, Inc (Nomura), have entered into an agreement to purchase a 100% shareholding of New Forests. The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval and expected to be completed by December 2022, will see Mitsui become …

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First high-resolution global vegetation height map

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Using an artificial neural network, researchers at ETH Zurich have created the first high-resolution global vegetation height map for 2020 from satellite images. This map could provide key information for fighting climate change and species extinction, as well as for sustainable regional development planning. Last year marked the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This initiative is aimed …

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NZ Forest Nursery Growers elect new president

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At their recent AGM the New Zealand Forest Nursery Growers Assn elected Peter Harington as the incoming president. Peter manages Rotorua Forest Nursery. The NZFNGA look after the interests of the country’s forest nursery sector including; Govt. submissions, training, research, etc. The association holds an annual conference, AGM and technical nursery tour. Peter said the association is currently making submissions …

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Project to TRIGger more Victorian tree plantings

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An exciting new forestry project has been launched to support the integration of more trees on farms in Victoria – helping the state achieve its net zero carbon goals by 2050. Overseen by Forestry Australia, the Trials Review, Information and Genetics (TRIG) project aims to improve information pathways to assist the expansion of farm forestry in Victoria. TRIG Project Steering …

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Shopify purchases carbon offsets from DroneSeed

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Reforestation company DroneSeed has announced its largest sale of offsets to date to Shopify, a leading provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, which is on a mission to reverse climate change. As part of the post-fire reforestation, native trees of multiple species will remove 50,000 tonnes as they grow over the next century on a legally protected site. A …

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2021 NZ tree stock sales & forest planting

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Following the main winter planting season, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) undertakes an annual survey of tree stocks sold by commercial forestry nurseries in New Zealand. The results are aggregated to produce estimates of total national sales, and then modelled to estimate the total area of planting by species and species group. The commercial nursery survey results just released …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 57

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. We are major proponents of digital technologies and the opportunities that they enable. FWPA’s new project is one such project where a centralised database for private forestry information in Australia is being set up. It will include data on historic and current trials and highlight the valuable lessons leant for forest management. The data …

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A single source of information for private forestry

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Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing a single, centralised database for private forestry information through a national project to collect and collate information about commercial farm plantations, private native forests and Indigenous managed forests around Australia.FWPA’s Chris Lafferty said the project presents a significant and unique opportunity. “So much work has been undertaken, through funded programs or by …

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NASA releases new forest biomass-carbon product

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NASA’s GEDI mission has reached a major milestone with the release of its newest data product, which provides the first near-global estimate of aboveground forest biomass and the carbon it stores—filling a key gap in climate research. The data enables research into how Earth’s forests are changing, what role they play in mitigating climate change, and the regional and global …

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GOES 18 weather satellite launched

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Whether it’s wildfires that sweep across the West Coast, storms rolling in from the Pacific Ocean or dense fog that blankets the Pacific Northwest, a new weather satellite will be able to track them all. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched GOES-T, the third in its series of advanced geostationary weather satellites, at 4:38 p.m. ET Tuesday from Cape …

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Rocket Lab catches falling rocket booster

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Rocket Lab successfully catch falling rocket booster with a helicopter. Rocket Lab has successfully caught one of its Electron rocket boosters, using a helicopter, as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after launch.But shortly after the capture, the pilot noticed the helicopter was behaving differently than it had in testing, and for safety the booster was dropped into the …

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Scientists fight to keep Lidar on Space Station

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A controversy is brewing between remote sensing scientists and administrators from NASA and the agency’s international partners. The debate centers around how long the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar system will continue to operate from the International Space Station before the system is decommissioned and left to burn up in the atmosphere. Since 2019, scientists have used GEDI to …

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The Best Consumer Drones for 2022

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Drones have become an essential tool for forestry companies over the last decade. Technology continues to evolve and many consumer drones are now incorporating some of the advanced imaging, video stabilisation, control and automated features previously seen in more specialised (and expensive) models. PC Mag has just released a detailed breakdown of the best consumer drones for 2022. While you …

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The Many Different Faces of Lidar-based Survey Methods

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Thanks to sensor miniaturization, laser technology is available for surveying and mapping professionals in many different guises nowadays. This selection of articles highlights the diversity of Lidar as a flexible tool for capturing the environment. From backpacks to handheld scanners and from drones to helmets, this type of remote sensing technology can be mounted on almost any device imaginable, resulting …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 56

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. We have a tonne of interesting videos this month. We have several from the recent ForestTECH event which highlighted mechanised planting developments, technologies and trials. A summary of presentations can be found in our first article below. Other videos include autonomous drones under the canopy, a short film on tree planting in Canada and …

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Tech advancements and trials with mechanised planting

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The second day of the just-completed ForestTECH 2021/22 event focussed on advancements in automated silviculture with a particular focus on mechanised planting operations – new technology, developing technologies and an insight into results from local forest trials and commercial planting operations. In short, like Europe and South America in particular, the cost and availability of labour for planting have both …

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Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2022

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Despite continued Covid related disruptions to the running of the annual ForestTECH event, ForestTECH 2021-22 ran, albeit virtually as an on-line event on 23-24 February this year. Over 300 delegates from 15 different countries were registered for the event. Feedback has now been collated and the response from those involved, excellent. Feedback from delegates also very clearly told us that; …

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Telstra starts carbon farming to offset emissions

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Telecommunications giant Telstra is starting its own carbon farm, growing trees to reduce its emissions. Big polluters that want to move towards net zero emissions need to buy carbon credits to offset what they put into the atmosphere. But not enough carbon credits exist in Australia, so Telstra boss Andy Penn is becoming a farmer. “A carbon farmer,” he laughed. …

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Autonomous drones fly through forests

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Expert human drone pilots have proven incredibly adept at piloting UAV through complex courses at high speeds which are still unmatched by autonomous systems. But researchers at the University of Zurich and Intel Labs are collaborating to change that, and their work, recently presented in the journal Science Robotics, could have far-reaching implications for the future of commercial drones. “Autonomous …

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A prototype forest monitoring framework

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From a forest biosecurity perspective, there is growing interest in forest surveillance processes capable of providing information on foliar disease present within the planted estate. Monitoring strategies often rely on aerial surveys to provide this information; they are, however, infrequent and only cover a small proportion of the forest estate. In this article, we present the results of a collaborative …

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Shopify purchases carbon offsets from DroneSeed

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Reforestation company DroneSeed has announced its largest sale of offsets to date to Shopify, a leading provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, which is on a mission to reverse climate change. As part of the post-fire reforestation, native trees of multiple species will remove 50,000 tonnes as they grow over the next century on a legally protected site. A …

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The Digital Forester: thoughts from a Canadian forester

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Adam Dick is a Science Advisor at the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Canadian Forest Service and joins us from Fredericton. Adam was one of the champions that brought lidar enhanced forest inventory (EFI) to New Brunswick, which has resulted in the province having wall-to-wall lidar coverage and EFI predictions. From academia, to industry, to provincial and federal government roles, Adam …

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Treeswift using drones to monitor forests

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Over the past decade, drones have become an increasingly important tool for forest monitoring. They’re a fast and effective way to collect a lot of data in one go, without upsetting the natural balance too much. Formed as a spinoff of the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory in 2020, Treeswift has been working to build out that promise. Founders Steven …

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Covid – the tipping point for automation?

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Critical labour shortages are the catalyst for companies to finally automate and boost our decades-long productivity stagnation On December 19, 2013 a 20-year-old Levin man, Lincoln Kidd, was crushed to death by a falling tree – the 10th forestry worker in New Zealand to die in a single year; the 27th in four years. Forestry was setting the wrong sort …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 55

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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 …

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Government funding for Victorian forestry research

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Victoria’s forestry industries are set to benefit from five new research projects funded by the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) centre in Gippsland. Federal Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam, and Victorian Minister for Agriculture Mary Anne Thomas congratulated the funding recipients and welcomed the benefits these projects will bring to Gippsland and the wider industry …

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Australia’s forest restoration tactics re-evaluated

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• More than 24 million hectares (59 million acres) burned during Australia’s devastating “Black Summer” bushfire season of 2019-2020, which formed part of a confirmed climate change-driven trend of worsening fire weather and larger, more intense forest fires. • Scientists are still assessing the extent of the damage and are calling for a greater focus on understanding the effects of …

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New Biomass Carbon Monitor launched

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The Biomass Carbon Monitor provides global maps of annual change in carbon stocks held in forest biomass Forests and vegetation play a major role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere. The Biomass Carbon Monitor, just launched, is the first geospatial platform to provide information about regional biomass carbon changes, which can be used as to track net gains and losses …

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Geospatial trends & developments

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How is the geospatial industry evolving in today’s turbulent times? What are the trends and developments in the sector, and where is the business heading? Read the findings from GIM International’s recent annual industry survey for the answers to these and other questions. And needless to say, there is much more to discover in the latest edition of GIM International’s …

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Monitoring planting using AI and remote sensing

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Scion data scientists working with remote sensing experts Indufor have developed a new commercial service to monitor forest establishment and indigenous forest fragments. New Zealand will need to plant forests at unprecedented rates for decades to come if the country wishes to achieve its carbon neutrality goals and develop a renewable and sustainable bioeconomy. Successful establishment of newly planted trees …

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Technology to make Australian forests smarter

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The latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat series of podcasts takes a deep dive into some exciting Australian projects focused on the fusion of forestry and technology to help shape and strengthen the forests of the future. Listeners are invited to discover how scientists are working to make smarter, healthier and more productive forests, utilising everything from Artificial Intelligence (AI) to …

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Tools For Foresters initiative launches new website

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It was quite a fitting week with the Australasian forestry industry celebrating 15 years of ForestTECH, Australasia’s premier annual forest technology conference running on 23-24 February – an event that has enabled and empowered our industry with game changing technology – to officially launch the new Tools for Foresters website. It was launched as part of the Remote Sensing Cluster …

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Changes for Australian forest reporting?

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This ABARES Position Paper identifies drivers for change in the mechanism of forest reporting through Australia’s State of the Forests Report (SOFR), including increasing user expectations for access to current forest data, and access to information and analysis in digital, online formats. Three major options are then presented to respond to these drivers: status-quo five-yearly reporting; online-only five-yearly reporting; and …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 54

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. This is the first issue of 2022 and how things have changed since we last corresponded. Omicron has been an unwelcome game-changer in Australia. While the worst may be over, the big issue for business has been chronic worker shortages in key industries across the country. Companies reported that 20% to 50% of workers …

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ForestTECH 2021/22 is now a virtual online event only

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The growing outbreak of omicron in New Zealand has resulted in the upcoming ForestTECH 2021/22 moving to a completely virtual online event. It will still be run on 22-23 February 2022 and open to all New Zealanders, Australians and the wider international community. Current registrations, which number well over 260, have all been transferred to the online event. While FIEA …

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The drone industry in 5 years’ time

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When I registered the company name Australian UAV in early 2103 the landscape for drone technology was very different to that that we work in today. There were 35 ReOC holders in Australia (at time of writing this article there are now 2437). To become an operator, you needed to complete and pass the private pilot’s licence exam and CASA …

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New radio technology keeps workers safe and compliant

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Otago forestry workers are using new radio technology to manage 23,730 hectares of forest more safely, even enabling them to perform under Covid-19 restrictions. Initially deployed to replace an outdated analogue radio network, the system delivers many additional benefits for forestry company, City Forests. Among those benefits are contact-free communication and social distancing in the field, replacing the news for …

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Development of a canopy sampling drone

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This video is part of the paper, “Design and Testing of a Novel Unoccupied Aircraft System for the Collection of Forest Canopy Samples,” by researchers from the University of Tasmania and Melbourne’s Victoria University. Funding was provided by FWPA and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

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Upscaling of Terrestrial Laser Scanning through fusion with remote sensing data

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Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) is increasingly being fused with air/spaceborne Lidar to characterise vegetation structure across a range of forest ecosystems. This article explores the potential of this approach to support scaling up for larger areas in practice. TLS is an important tool for plot-scale measurements of tree and forest structure. These local measurements are meaningful to support the quantification …

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New biomass mapping tool launched

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Mapping the world’s carbon stores is essential for taking stock of the climate crisis. It informs our climate solutions, the emissions targets’ that countries set and so – it goes without saying – the figures need to be as accurate as possible. It’s not an easy picture to take, however. Humans are constantly upsetting the amount of carbon in forests, …

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Longest endurance UAV flight in NZ

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Media Release [21 Dec 2021]: Kea Aerospace Achieves Longest Endurance UAV Flight In New Zealand On Sunday 19th December Kea Aerospace has recorded the longest known flight for an unmanned aircraft in New Zealand, in an electric-powered flight above Kaitōrete, near Christchurch. The battery and solar-powered vehicle flew non-stop for 14 hours and 3 minutes, beating the previous record of …

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New farm forestry program launched

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Tuesday marked the official launch of a new, innovative farm forestry program, Decision Tree, in Bunbury, Western Australia. Decision Tree has been designed to rapidly assess the suitability of farms for plantation forestry, as well as provide information and assistance to landowners seeking to plant trees. Through Decision Tree’s unique assessment tool, farmers or landowners simply add in a few …

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UAV’s for collecting forest canopy samples

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Last year we detailed a forest canopy sampling tool that was developed by a Canadian company, DeLeaves and is being used operationally, principally in North America and Europe. Suspended under an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the sampling tool is self-powered, equipped with an HD camera, and has two robotic arms there to grab and cut foliage samples from trees. As …

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Bushfire spread prediction model now operational

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Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and the NSW Rural Fire Service have released Australia’s most advanced model for predicting the speed and behaviour of eucalypt forest fires, helping to save lives and property during bushfires. Eucalypts make up more than 70 per cent of Australia’s forests and some of Australia’s most extreme fire events, such as the 2009 Black Saturday …

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ForestTECH News | Issue 53

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Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News. As 2021 comes to a close, it’s been a year where Covid-19 has once again dominated the headlines, disrupted supply chains and threatened business as usual. However, it has also been a boom for many within the forestry industry, as increased domestic construction and reopening of international trade has seen timber in high demand. …