The New Zealand
Institute of Forestry (NZIF) is pleased to note the recognition of the
importance of forestry within the New Year Honours list. Andrew McEwen, immediate past president of
NZIF received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) is concerned about the rapid
degradation of Northland’s forests due to inadequate pest control.
“The short film
made public by Forest and Bird shows as a society we have a serious problem if we
are to even maintain our native forests” said NZIF President James Treadwell.
Mr Treadwell continued to say “NZIF has been calling for a review of how the
maintenance and conservation of native forests are funded for some time. Most
New Zealanders know of area of native forest being decimated by pests.”
This issue follows the NZIF conference in August which debated the
sector’s Forest Policy Project to develop a long-term inter-generational forest
policy. The policy will encompass conservation, plantation forests and wood processing,
with social, environmental and economic objectives. There are articles on why
the NZIF continues to advocate for the forest sector, the public’s perception
of forestry, the RMA, and the progress towards a National Environmental
Standard for Plantation Forestry, with Andrew McEwen having the last word. There
is a paper providing an estimate of the proportion of the small-scale forest
that is likely to be harvested and a paper on enhancing the productivity of
New Zealander I am embarrassed about how little we are doing to reduce climate
change” said President of NZIF James Treadwell. “As a country, until agriculture,
our largest emitting sector, is included into the emissions trading scheme, New
Zealand is unlikely to be seen as doing its fair share.”
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