As acknowledged in the discussion document, illegally logged forest products unfairly impede and compete with legal forest products where the cost and price of the latter reflects the internalisation of any associated environmental and social externalities. NZIF similarly supports the objective of the Discussion Document. “….to improve the trade-off between the costs of complying with the Regulation’s ‘due diligence’ requirements and the risk of illegally logged timber entering the Australian market.”
NZIF is disappointed the review of New Zealand's biosecurity strategy was not seen as an opportunity to review progress against the vision and goals of the August 2003 strategy which the 2025 document is intended to replace.
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The November issue has five papers based on presentations to the 2016 NZIF conference in Dunedin, along with a short report on the AGM, the awards and the conference. In ‘The Last Word’, Kent Chalmers describes his two ‘lightbulb moments’. There are updates from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Canterbury School of Forestry. A progress report of the Forest Policy Project is complemented by a paper querying the public’s role in policy and another describing New Zealand’s negotiation process towards the international agreements on sustainable forest management. Two papers describe the future of forestry safety and variation in clonal forests.
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry’s President James Treadwell announces two awards.
Forester of the Year is one of the highest accolades in the industry, recognizing contribution, leadership, excellence and integrity.
This year Forester of the year was awarded to Sally Strang Environmental Manager, Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd for her tireless work in finding ways to reverse erosion in high priority areas.
In announcing the award President Treadwell stated “the awardee is an engineer, farmer, protector of the environment and our sector, and has spent almost a decade debating the merits of one environmental standard. Sally is very deserving of this recognition.”
The Thomas Kirk award is the most historically valuable award in all New Zealand science. The Thomas Kirk award is awarded for eminence and recognizes outstanding contributions in the forest industry. The awardee has temporary possession of a 139 year-old drinking horn plus a medal which they retain.
Awarded every second year, this year the recipient was John Groome.