Market & Environmental Performance

Targeted research aimed at enhancing environmental performance is helping the forestry industry and associated organisations protect their licence to operate in a global marketplace. These stories highlight some of our technologies to change the economics of organic waste management and improve water quality. 

    How do we value forest ecosystem services?

    New Zealand’s green image is an integral part of our identity, adding value to both our exports and tourism. Our forests contribute to this image by providing a range of ecosystem services such as habitat, water quality, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention and recreation, the value of which is not well established.

    Advanced technologies expand our knowledge of spray deposition

    Turbulence created by the ‘roughness’ of the forest canopy top is an important factor in calculating aerial spray deposition.

    Greater flexibility for quarantine treatments

    Some of the tight scheduling pressures around log exports for ports and log marshalling companies have been eased, thanks to Scion’s forest protection scientists.

    What will the new water standards mean for forestry?

    Government’s freshwater reforms aim to balance economic growth with sustainability, and herald a change to the way freshwater is managed. Communities are now responsible for setting the standards for freshwater management within their region, creating the opportunity for forestry growers to be actively involved in the process.

    Giving forests a head start with good weed control

    Good weed control during a forest’s early years is necessary for tree survival and growth, and ensures timber yield throughout the life of the stand.

    Keeping it 'green'

    Highlights from our 2013 annual report: supporting the sustainable management of New Zealand forests; providing the tools and technologies to assist wood manufacturers achieve best practice standards; and helping the wood manufacturing industry open the door to new international markets.

    TERAX redefines the economics of organic waste treatment

    Landfilling of organic wastes is an increasingly expensive and environmentally unsustainable option for local bodies and industry. A newly-named TERAXTM hydrothermal deconstruction technology provides the answer and now has exciting results to back it.

    Scion plays part in the water quality picture

    A modified zeolite product developed by Scion has been used to treat potentially toxic algal blooms in Rotorua lakes. The product, marketed by Blue Pacific Minerals under the trade name “Aqual P”, is one of many tools being used by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council as part of their lake clean-up efforts.
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