Forest Science

Forests that are well-managed offer a huge range of economic, environmental and social benefits.

Scion has the expertise to help New Zealand optimise these benefits while maintaining the productive capacity of our land.

Our science is aimed at ensuring that:

  • Return on investment from the New Zealand forest industries continues to increase; and
  • Opportunities expand in new, high-value markets.
Scion offers research and development services across the entire forestry value chain including:

 
Economics, ecosystems and climate Quantifying the role of forests in greenhouse gas mitigation, and evaluating the potential effects of climate change on the environment.
 
Forest Biosecurity Scion is New Zealand’s leading authority on forest biosecurity, with a scope that includes plantation, natural and urban forests. We focus on the exclusion, eradication and effective management of risks to forests and trees posed by insect pests, pathogens and invasive weeds.
 
Rural Fire Research Scion’s Rural Fire Research Group is New Zealand's only provider of specialist fire research expertise in rural and forest landscapes, developing the science and technology needed to protect life and property, and manage fire in the landscape.
 
Forest Management Scion has been New Zealand’s leading provider of forest-related knowledge in New Zealand for over 60 years. Scion’s aim is to enable forest growers to produce material that meets consumer needs in ways that are cost-effective, efficient and sustainable.
 
Tree Improvement Scion is a leader in advanced breeding programmes and deployment strategies for commercial tree species. Our research ensures that new plantations utilise optimal germplasm to guarantee an ongoing competitive advantage for plantation forest industries.
 
Value Chain Optimisation Forests that are well-managed offer a huge range of economic, environmental and social benefits.Scion has the expertise to help New Zealand optimise these benefits while maintaining the productive capacity of our land.