15 Mar 2017
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Bill Dyck (FOA Biosecurity Manager) will present:
Changes to NZ Forest Biosecurity Surveillance System: Targeting Risk to improve forest health protection and maintain a healthy log trade
Biosecurity threats to New Zealand are rapidly increasing for a number of reasons, but primarily because of increased trade and tourism. Pests and pathogens are getting closer to New Zealand and establishing in trading partner countries and hitchhiking on trade goods and people to our border. NZ Forestry has had an active forest health surveillance system in place for more than 50 years and it has been regularly reviewed and updated. Over the last two years FOA has been working with MPI, Scion, AgResearch. SPS Biosecurity and CEBRA (Australian Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Assessment) and have developed a new Forest Biosecurity Surveillance system focused on risk and early detection to enable eradication. This means changes to how things have been done and also an even closer partnership with MPI to try to ensure forests are free of new incursions and that we can make guarantees to trading partners that we are not harbouring unwanted organisms that they might see as a threat.
Bill will explain what this all means to forest managers and will be happy to answer questions.
Date/Time: 15 March 2017 – 4.00pm
Location: Nelson Forests – Gladstone Road, Richmond
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