The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has requested NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF) assistance with running a series of workshops on the National Environmental Statement – Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) in May. The NES-PF formally comes into effect on 1 May and MPI has already been running a series of high-level awareness raising workshop across the country about it. This new series is more hands-on targeting practitioners who will be using the NES-PF, limited to 25 for this very reason. More information will be released about the workshops in the next 2-3 days. They will not just be restricted to members of the NZIF.
A few weeks ago retired NZIF member Colin Bassett drew my attention to a letter-to-the-editor in the DomPost entitled “You reap what you sow…” In it, the writer states “What of forestry then? We all know that each progressive crop takes longer to mature, and as each crop is harvested the soil is the more impoverished. Soil that took many millennia to be.” Last week, a senior employee of a commercial forestry company, not a forester, reiterated something to me along similar lines. I nearly fell off my chair.
His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, participated in a forestry roundtable meeting over the weekend hosted by the Institute of Foresters Australia, in Queensland’s beautiful Mossman Gorge.
James Treadwell, President of the NZ Institute of Forestry was invited to attend along with Alfred Duval the inaugural winner of the Price of Wales Sustainability Cup. Mr Treadwell said it was a great honour to spend time with his Royal Highness again and discuss the importance of all forests to the world.
The latest news from the NZIF Conference 9 -11 July, Nelson.
As the preparations for the Nelson Conference continue we are excited to provide details about a Quiz night which will be held on Monday the 9th July between 7-11 pm. There will be a limited number of tickets available for the Quiz Night.
The Quiz night is the official launch event for "Future Foresters."
The NZIF Foundation is calling for applications for scholarships, awards and prizes offered in 2018 by the NZIF Foundation (a registered charity established by the NZ Institute of Forestry in 2011). The awards, which total $44,500, include scholarships for polytech and university students, research grants, a travel award, special awards, one relating to the Otago-Southland region and another available to residents of Invercargill City, plus prizes for student posters displayed at the NZIF conference being held in Nelson from 9-11 July this year.
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