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Stud­ies into fu­ture of forestry on ero­sion-prone hills; Waratah and PF Olsen win safety awards; how Marl­bor­ough foresters plan to at­tract young work­ers; Louie and His ‘Hard Case Bug­gers’ – book launch; Ta­tra takes a big load; East­land forestry awards; big­ger machines de­but at Elmia Wood 2017; DANA forestry con­fer­ence is well timed; check tracks are com­pat­i­ble.

THE SUIT­ABIL­ITY OF RE­PLANT­ING RADIATA Pine on highly ero­sion-prone land in the Gis­borne re­gion is the sub­ject of two stud­ies that have re­cent gained gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

They are two of eight projects shar­ing in $3.3 mil­lion of new fund­ing an­nounced un­der the Sus­tain­able Land Man­age­ment and Cli­mate Change (SLMACC) re­search pro­gramme.

A ques­tion mark hangs over the fu­ture of forests planted on frag­ile soils on the East Coast in the wake of Cy­clone Bola in 1988. These forests will be com­ing up for har­vest­ing in the com­ing years and there is in­creas­ing pres­sure from lo­cals about runoff and de­bris caus­ing flood­ing and dam­age af­ter ma­jor rain events.

Land­care Re­search is to con­duct a study on the best op­tions for land use fol­low­ing Radiata har­vest­ing.

Land­care says: “The vul­ner­a­bil­ity to fu­ture storm events is forc­ing a re­think of the most ap­pro­pri­ate long-term use for the most at-risk parts of the East Coast for­est es­tate.

“We will as­sess the po­ten­tial im­pacts associated with land-use change from Pi­nus radiata plan­ta­tions to nat­u­ral re­gen­er­a­tion or Mānuka plan­ta­tions against the sta­tus quo of pro­duc­tion forestry.”

Mean­while, Scion will con­duct a par­al­lel study on the eco­nom­ics and car­bon im­pacts of tran­si­tion­ing clear-fell planted forests to per­ma­nent cover forests on se­verely ero­sion prone steep lands.

Scion says: “There is no knowl­edge on how to tran­si­tion from cur­rent Radiata clear­fell regimes or what eco­nomic or car­bon ef­fects there may be.”

Re­searchers aim to pro­vide a suite of new op­tions for steep­land forests to be con­sid­ered by in­vestors and pol­icy mak­ers to help grow the econ­omy and meet our cli­mate com­mit­ments through main­tain­ing our for­est based car­bon stocks or es­tab­lish­ing new long-term car­bon forests.

Two other forestry-re­lated projects to re­ceive fund­ing in­clude a study on con­vert­ing some Māori land to na­tive for­est car­bon farm­ing, which could of­fer fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits and en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural co-ben­e­fits for Māori landown­ers and car­bon emit­ters alike

Whilst another study will look at whether sev­eral ex­otic and indige­nous for­est species, other than Radiata pine and Douglas-fir, could be highly suit­able for off­set­ting green­house gas emis­sions.


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