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North­land used to be known for its re­ally big wood, but not any­more. As piece sizes have shrunk in re­cent years, so has the need for equally large ma­chin­ery to har­vest it. This was ev­i­dent in our lat­est Iron Test, where Rose­warne Ca­ble Log­gers down­sized its re­quire­ments when pur­chas­ing a pair of new gen­er­a­tion John Deere 3156G tracked swing ma­chines, fit­ted with up­graded SouthS­tar QS630 heads for pro­cess­ing.

SIX SCI­EN­TISTS AND RE­SEARCHERS WHO have played a ma­jor role in ad­vanc­ing the cause of forestry in New Zealand have re­ceived recog­ni­tion for their ef­forts in the 2017 For­est Grow­ers Re­search Awards.

Chris Phillips, from Land­care Re­search at Lin­coln, has been pre­sented with the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Sec­tor En­gage­ment Award.

A hy­drol­ogy sci­en­tist, Chris has been ac­tive in the Fu­ture For­est Re­search en­vi­ron­ment projects in­ves­ti­gat­ing sta­bil­ity map­ping and de­vel­op­ing ways to map sta­bil­ity more ef­fi­ciently. He’s also been in­volved in a pro­gramme fo­cussing on how to min­imise pro­duc­tiv­ity losses from steep land and al­ter­na­tive for­est man­age­ment sys­tems on ero­sion prone sites

Chris is an ex­tremely ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tor, equally at home en­gag­ing with fel­low sci­en­tists or foresters on the ground and he’s cur­rently work­ing on a project to bet­ter un­der­stand how ri­par­ian buf­fer zones can play a role in mit­i­gat­ing sed­i­ment loss into wa­ter­ways.

Richard Yao, an econ­o­mist at Scion in Ro­torua, has been pre­sented with the In­no­va­tion That En­hances Sec­tor Value Award.

Richard spe­cialises in work to iden­tify and quan­tify the eco­nomic value pro­vided by for­est ecosys­tems. This in­cludes quan­ti­fy­ing the value of recre­ational use at Whaka For­est in Ro­torua, which has since evolved into ways to value avoided ero­sion, bio­di­ver­sity, car­bon and wa­ter qual­ity and to in­cor­po­rate these val­ues into an over­all eco­nomic mod­el­ling tool.

Richard’s work and the re­sult­ing dis­cus­sions with a wider group of stake­hold­ers is de­scribed as “ex­tremely im­por­tant strate­gi­cally for the in­dus­try”.

Shaf Van Ballekom, Man­ager of com­mer­cial seed pro­ducer at Am­ber­ley-based Proseed, has won the Re­search Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Im­ple­men­ta­tion Award.

Shaf has sup­ported re­search in forestry for many years, in­clud­ing in­volve­ment with the Ra­di­ata Pine Breed­ing Com­pany, the Dry­land Forests Ini­tia­tive and the Spe­cialty Wood Prod­ucts part­ner­ship pro­gramme.

Un­der Shaf’s lead­er­ship, Proseed has also un­der­taken its own re­search, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment of Ra­di­ata At­ten­u­ata hy­brids for cold ar­eas of the South Is­land and the joint Dry­land Eu­ca­lypt pro­gramme with the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury, which he chairs.

Scion re­searcher, Carolyne An­der­son, has taken out the Con­tri­bu­tion to a Sci­ence Team Award for her role with the Data from Per­ma­nent Sam­ple Plots pro­gramme across for­est es­tates around the coun­try. This data­base has been de­scribed as a “na­tional trea­sure” that sup­ports nu­mer­ous projects, mod­els and sci­en­tific analy­ses.

Hunter Har­rell, from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury’s School of Forestry, has picked up the Young Sci­en­tist Award.

As part of his PhD stud­ies, Hunter has been in­volved with FGR’s Steep­land Har­vest­ing Pro­gramme, which in­cluded writ­ing a the­sis on Ím­prov­ing Ca­ble Log­ging Op­er­a­tions for NZ’s Steep Ter­rain For­est Plan­ta­tions’. Since com­plet­ing his stud­ies, Hunter con­tin­ues to make a con­tri­bu­tion on sev­eral FGR pro­grammes.

Fi­nally, Auck­land-based Plant and Food Re­search’s Graeme Clare has won the Sci­ence of In­ter­na­tional Qual­ity Award for help­ing the STIMBR project find al­ter­na­tives to Methyl Bro­mide fu­mi­ga­tion.

Graeme and his team de­vel­oped a unique process to breed bark bee­tles in the lab­o­ra­tory on a large scale for test­ing al­ter­na­tives, sup­ply­ing more than 120,000 bee­tles for this pur­pose to date – some­thing that has never been done be­fore.







4 1: Chris Phillips (left), from Land­care Re­search, is pre­sented with the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Sec­tor En­gage­ment Award by FGR Chair, Ge­off Thomp­son.

2: Scion’s Richard Yao (left) re­ceives his In­no­va­tion That En­hances Sec­tor Value Award from FGR Chair, Ge­off Thomp­son.

3: Proseed’s Shaf Van Ballekom (right) is pre­sented with the Re­search Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Im­ple­men­ta­tion Award by FGR Chair, Ge­off Thomp­son.

4: Scion re­searcher, Carolyne An­der­son, re­ceives the Con­tri­bu­tion to a Sci­ence Team Award from Ge­off Thomp­son, FGR chair.

5: Can­ter­bury School of Forestry’s Hunter Har­rell re­ceives the Young Sci­en­tist Award from FGR chair, Ge­off Thomp­son.

6: Plant and Food Re­search’s Graeme Clare is pre­sented with the Sci­ence of In­ter­na­tional Qual­ity Award by FGR Chair, Ge­off Thomp­son.

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