It is time for consideration. Not only is an election approaching fast, but members need to also consider who to nominate as Forester of the Year. This important award has been received by a number of worthy recipients and it is time once again, for you as members, to let us know who you think is worthy of this award.
It is also time for you to register for the conference, which this year will be held in Rotorua. The theme is “The Future of the New Zealand Forestry Sector.” The committee has put together an excellent program, including overseas speakers, and a political session which I am sure will be informative, entertaining and challenging. You will all have time for questions. Maybe this will be your chance to understand what all the parties are offering our sector, and perhaps it could influence your voting decision. You will never know unless you turn up; so stop reading and register now.
The funding model for Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) is overly complicated for fire services and the model’s application is not fully reflective of the services being provided by FENZ. Nonfire incidents now account for a large and growing part of fire service activities in New Zealand.
Carbon forestry and New Zealand’s use of the ETS to meet its international climate change obligations is the theme of the May issue, with three papers and the “Last Word” on the subject. Another paper reviews international forest products markets while two further papers describe the fast-developing use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). There is an obituary for John Groome.
NZIF and IFA are pleased to announce a new award, the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry all NZIF members.
The purpose of the award is to recognize the achievements of two outstanding young forest professionals in Australia and New Zealand. This award is to encourage engagement in and dedication to, the principles of sustainable forest management including policy, planning and practice, sound science based land stewardship. Awardees must be committed to public outreach and knowledge exchange focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and the ecosystems that they encompass.
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