SFF Project Summary

Project Title: Small Grower Forest Plantations Forest Health Surveillance and New Pest Detection
Grant No.: L08/062

Contact Details

Name of Applicant Group: Small forest plantation growers
Contact Person: Dean Satchell
Address: 33(b) Skudders
Beach Road
RD1 Kerikeri
Northland 0294
Telephone 1: 09 4075525
Telephone 2:
Facsimile: 09 407 5525
Email: dsatch@xtra.co.nz

Project Details

Status: finished
SFF Funding: 16,000
Total Project Funding: 24,000
Proposed Start Date: 2008-07
Proposed Finish Date: 2009-08
Region: National, Northland
Sector: Forestry
Sub-sector: Farm forestry
Topic: Pest & disease
Information transfer

Updated: 9 February 2010

Final report [202K PDF]

Weblink: Small Forests and Woodlots – A Guide to Conducting Forest Health Assessments and Sampling

Project description

This project aims to improve surveillance of small plantation forests in New Zealand to facilitate improvements in forest biosecurity.

Modifying behaviours to the point where people naturally consider potential biosecurity issues affecting their forests and then providing the skills and confidence required to take useful follow-up action is the main goal of the work proposed behind this grant.

The issue/opportunity

Forest surveillance is an important way of detecting new and unwanted pests and diseases which are threats to our forests, before they become established. Early detection means the chance of eradication increases dramatically, and the costs of control are minimised.

Small plantation forest growers are a key group of stakeholders in the forest industry. The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association hope to make some important steps in addressing deficiencies around small forest biosecurity.

The context/background

A recent report by international experts on the state of New Zealand forest surveillance applauded the Forest Owners Association surveillance programme that covers 1.2 million ha of mainly large commercial forests. The report did, however, express concern over the lack of coverage for small, non-FOA forest blocks, effectively a "weak link" in the forest surveillance programme.

Small forest growers, although suspecting they might have a forest pest issue have historically either lacked the confidence to take a sample or have wasted their time sampling the wrong thing.


Proposed work