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Research published into tree planting outside normal planting seasons

Newly published research by Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service into tree planting will provide welcome solutions to problems with which foresters and planters are all too familiar. Source: Timberbiz “The research has enabled us to come up with strategies to successfully plant t
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Planting every weekend until September to restore coastal estuary

An ambitious 3-year project to support the restoration of an iconic coastal estuary near Nelson in New Zealand is helping to accelerate other environmental initiatives. Source: Timberbiz “Approaching its final planting season, the Waimea Inlet Restoration Project is on track to
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NZ’s new partnerships for trees announced on Arbor Day

New partnerships with international and Kiwi-based environmental organisations reflect the New Zealand Government’s commitment to working with communities to support native afforestation. Source: Timberbiz New Zealand Forestry Minister Stuart Nash announced partnerships with the Trees
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Forestry scholarships in NZ open and offer young students a career

Applications are now open for NgÄ Karahipi Uru RÄ kau (Forestry Scholarships) for study in 2023, giving young people a foot in the door to a career into one of New Zealand’s biggest primary sectors. Source: Timberbiz There are nine scholarships available to those studying the Bachelor
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Exports demonstrate the allure of fibre

Exports of recovered paper from New Zealand lifted 6.3% year-ended March 2022, to total 283.6 kt. Amidst solid export growth overall, a curiosity arose over the year with Old Newsprint (ONP) exports lifting 176% to a reported 71.5 kt, while the Unsorted grade saw exports fall 53% to 3
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Four more NZ farms to be converted to forestry by overseas investors

New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office has approved the sale of a further four farms to overseas investors to plant into forestry. Each month the office releases decisions made under the Special Forestry Test, which was introduced in 2018 to encourage more tree planting. Source: RNZ
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Microsoft to help develop NZ forest cover detector

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. Source: IT Brief NZ Microsoft says its AI for Good team will work with Manaaki Whenua’s Remote S
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Inspiring line-up for forestry symposium

Forestry Australia has revealed an inspiring line-up of keynote speakers for its 2022 Symposium, to be held both in person in Albury and online from Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 October. Source: Timberbiz Forest Policy Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation
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More benefits to planting exotics with natives in NZ

A hybrid approach of planting both exotics and natives will produce more socio-economic and environmental benefits, says regional leadership governance group Rau Tipu Rau Ora. Source: Gisborne Herald At a meeting on Friday the group presented its “position statement” on managing exoti
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NZ amendment bill to strengthen efforts to counter illegal timber trade

New Zealand is committing to trade only in legally harvested timber with the Forests (Legal Harvest Assurance) Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament this week. Under the Bill, timber harvested in New Zealand and overseas, and used in products made here or imported, will have to be v
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