I have just had an entire week at conferences – not everyone’s idea of fun, but more on that later. I also had the pleasure to attend an NZIF Wellington local section meeting, make a presentation on the appropriate role of forestry in reducing New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, and catch up with a number of our members there. Thanks to Kevin Reardon, the local section chair, Peter Hill, for organising the meeting, and CBRE for hosting the meeting.
I then attended the NZ Agricultural and Resource Economists Society meeting in Wellington. I was delighted that one of our Future Foresters (Adrian Loo) was awarded the 2018 NZARES Post-Graduate award for his project to study rural landowners’ afforestation choices for his Masters of Forestry Science at the School of Forestry.
Some other high points of this meeting for me were: • The paper that showed that farmers who reduced their nutrient run off would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions • A paper that showed farmers could reduce livestock numbers and increase profitability. However the speaker in this case also stated that this management option required a high level of pasture management expertise, which would limit uptake of this solution. • Steve Carden, the CEO of Landcorp, who gave a very interesting keynote speech which highlighted the need for more trees on Landcorp farms
In his opening remarks at the recent NZIF Conference in Nelson, Minister Shane Jones made the observation that he had never seen so many young people at a conference of a similar nature. It is an observation I think the NZIF can wear with pride based on a concerted effort by successive NZIF Councils over a number of years to encourage younger participation, including free student membership of the NZIF.
At the other end of the age spectrum, a number of retirees are actively “working” for the NZIF through various committees or equivalent – fire committee, Registration Board and NZIF Foundation - to name a few. For the in-between years, there is more than enough ways for members to be active in the NZIF through any of the committees above, local sections, conference and the NZIF Council.
But I sometimes wonder what more we might do to help our fellow member in terms of what is known collectively as pastoral care.
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