Resilient Forests Conference 2023
Start DateJun 13, 2023
End DateJun 14, 2023
Scion's Resilient Forests Research Programme Conference
13-14 June 2023
The Resilient Forests Research Programme Conference will be held on 13th June 2023 at Scion, Rotorua and the Field Day on 14th June 2023 at Kinleith Forest.
The purpose of the conference is to inform an industry audience of our science highlights, both in terms of our discoveries but also what these will mean in the future for the industry. The two-day event will be of interest to forest managers, government, council representatives, and researchers. Day 1 will feature conference presentations and a networking session with an invited speaker who will address the role of resilient forests for New Zealand’s future. On Day 2 we will head out on a field trip to visit research sites in Kinleith Forest.
Please register here (note spaces are limited)
Key themes that will feature in the conference include:
- Uncovering the radiata pine microbiome
- Quantifying the impact of needle diseases on growth
- Understanding pathogen epidemiology to support disease forecasting
- Classical and novel disease control options
- Autonomous forest health monitoring
- Investment Portfolio diversification to reduce uncertain risks
- The emergence of environmental and social governance in determining industry social license to operate
- Industry impact and uptake of research from the Resilient Forests Programme
- Accelerating productivity on a range of sites
The Resilient Forests Research Programme started in October 2019, filling the gap left when the Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future (GCFF) and Healthy Trees, Healthy Future (HTHF) research programmes ended. At the outset, the programme set ambitious targets to address 3 key research questions of how to sustainably (1) increase productivity, (2) enhance resilience, and (3) manage risk and uncertainty associated with planted forests. The aim of the programme is to enhance the long-term productivity, socio-economic benefits, and resilience of production forests, ultimately supporting New Zealand’s transition to a low-carbon bioeconomy and meeting our agreed carbon reduction goals.