As this is the last NZIF newsletter for 2017, I thought I would review events over the past year and take a look at what might be coming up in 2018. Before I do so, a Happy Christmas and New Year to all of you. Don’t forget your Christmas tree. You never know, it might help inspire the next generation to a career in forestry – we need them.
Lest we forget, five families whose sons did not return home from the forest in 2017 will for the first time be facing a Christmas without them. Another four families will be facing a second Christmas without their sons and a further three will be facing a third. We need to do our best so that no new names are added to this list in 2018.
The year 2017 has ended on a high for forestry, an early Christmas present from politicians. Talk of planting a billion trees and resurrecting the NZ Forest Service has a nice ring around it, even if there is a lot of work still to do. It is in somewhat unclear what will eventuate, but satisfying that forestry is back on the political radar screen.
The Forest Fire Committee was established by the NZIF Council in June 2016. Its broad aim is to represent the interests of the profession in matters relating to the management of fire in the forest and rural landscape. In addition the Committee is also working closely with the Institute of Foresters Australia (IFA) Forest Fire Committee in areas of common interest.
The purpose of the Newsletter is to keep NZIF members:
updated on developments with Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) in the management of fires in the New Zealand forest and rural landscape
informed about the activities of the NZIF Forest Fire Committee
This issue contains a short report on the 2017 NZIF conference held in Rotorua. The Last Word is from Jonathan Dash, Chair of the Organising Committee. There is a paper explaining the National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry. MPI responds to the paper in the February issue of the journal on the ETS for small-scale forest owners. There are papers on 100 years of the eucalyptus tortoise beetle and quantifying carbon in logs exported from New Zealand. The accuracy of data about the small-scale forest owners is queried, including that of areas reported in LUCAS, the Land Use Carbon Analysis System.
The NZIF Foundation announced its 2017 awards at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry conference dinner in Rotorua last week. The awards encourage and support forestry-related education, training and research through the provision of grants, scholarships and prizes; promoting the acquisition, development and dissemination of forestry-related knowledge and information and other activities.
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