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Research and Development Update

In January of this year the new forest growing levy commenced. In this first year approximately half of the levy has been allocated to research and development projects covering forest productivity, diverse species, and forest health and fire research. The aim of this research work is to improve forest profitability and reduce risks to forests. These are things that all forest owners have in common.

From Wednesday, 29th October to Friday 31st October 2014 the inaugural Forest Growing Research Conference will be held at Rydges Hotel Rotorua. It is expected that this will be an annual event and may well be held at other locations in the future. The research work being funded by the levy will be explained to forest owners, managers, service providers and consultants who have an interest in improving forest profitability and managing risks better. This is a good opportunity to find out what our forest scientists are doing to achieve these ends, using funds raised by the new forest growers' levy. It is an opportunity to learn about the research programmes, the results to date and the expected benefits for forest growers. Topics covered will include:

  • Better financial returns from new and existing forests.
  • Improving the health and resilience of forests to pests and diseases.
  • Maintaining our "licence to operate".
  • Species for diversity and risk management.

Other forest growing research funded by the industry, but not by the new forest growers levy, such as export fumigation, border biosecurity and genetics, will also be highlighted at the conference. The conference will begin at 8.00am on Wednesday 29th October and conclude by 12.45pm on Friday 31st October 2014 and will include a field trip on Thursday 30th October and the annual science awards, formerly the FFR science awards, will be presented at a dinner on the Wednesday night, 29th October 2014. Full details are available at the following link: 2014 Inaugural Forest Growing Research Conference.