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  • 28
    MAPNet 2015
    The MapNet organising committee are pleased to announce that the 10th anniversary of MAPNET will be hosted by Scion and LIC and held at Scion, Rotorua on the 28th – 30th October 2015. Registration is expected to start at approximately 3.00pm on Wed 28th, with the meeting commencing at 4pm with guest speaker(s), followed by a poster session with drinks and nibbles. Day 2 will largely comprise scientific presentations, with a practical workshop on day 3, finishing mid-afternoon.

    Information about registration, costs, programme, abstract submission and accommodation suggestions will be made available as those details are finalised.  

    This email list is likely to be missing people that have not attended MapNet meetings in the past, please forward this email to other researchers that may be interested in attending.

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

    For more information, please contact

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  • 19
    The 4th Forest Ecosystem Services National Forum

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    What: The 4th Forest Ecosystem Services National Forum
    Where: Te Papa, Wellington
    When:  Tuesday 19 May 2015, 9 am – 4:15 pm
    Cost: $50 (includes catering)

    The theme for the forum this year is “Forest ecosystem services – integrating forestry in the landscape with other primary sectors”.

    Forest ecosystem services are the contributions forests make to prosperity and human wellbeing such as timber, carbon sequestration, recreation, biodiversity and improved water quality. The benefit of timber is widely known and, increasingly, the economic, environmental and social benefits of the other services from forests are being recognised by governments, businesses, and societies.

    This year’s forum will consider the role that planted forests play in the landscape and their interactions with other primary sector land uses, from creating a business portfolio on farms, to reducing bank erosion and sedimentation, to providing shade and shelter for livestock. The positive and negative impacts of forestry on other ecosystems (e.g., biodiversity corridors between conservation forests, flood mitigation, and reduction in water yield) will also be touched on. We will also discuss relevant policies and how they relate to forestry, current examples, and future directions for forest ecosystem services. The final session of the Forum will take the shape of a workshop session on “Making the Most of Trees for Other Primary Industries” where participants can contribute their ideas for encouraging investment in planted forests for not only the purposes of providing timber but also the range of forest ecosystem services

    We expect to have about 60 participants mostly from across New Zealand including representatives from national government agencies, regional councils, forest industry, research organisations and academic institutions.

    The workshop fee is $50 and includes catering. Presentations of the previous FES forums in 2012-2014 are also available.

    The Draft Agenda is available from the GCFF website.

    Register Now 

    For enquiries regarding the forum programme please contact:
    Richard Yao (Scion):, Ph 07 343 5747.


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  • 14
    Soil Sampling in Planted Forests Workshop

    Thursday 14th May 2015, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm (lunch provided)
    Scion, Forestry Rd, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

    Soil is critical to the health and productivity of our forests, but how can we measure the soil properties that have an impact? Scion invites you to a practical workshop on how to sample soil in New Zealand’s planted forests. The day-long programme will start with a short discussion of the issues around consistent and effective soil sampling, then move to the Port Hills to provide a practical and simple guide to sampling soil in forest stands across different conditions and terrain types. Participation in the workshop is free but registration is required. A second sampling workshop will be held in the North Island, most likely near Rotorua, in the second half of 2015.

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  • 11
    Lessons learnt from the management of Phytophthora diseases in North America and beyond

    Monday 11th May 2015
    12 – 1.00 pm, Rimu Room, Scion, Rotorua

    Professor Everett Hansen (retired head of forest pathology at Oregon State University) will present aspects his research into the biology and management of forest tree diseases. This includes investigations into the factors that promote Phytophthora, which is a significant issue here in New Zealand. His past work also includes involvement in programmes to breed trees that are resistant to these threats.

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April 2015

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