WEBINAR:  Innovation in Forestry

Date: Wednesday 24 August
Time: 10:30am 12:00pm (AEST)

Join us online to hear about some of the latest innovation and techniques being applied in the forestry sector.
Topics covered in the forum include: drones, mechanised planting, fire detection technologies and forest structure mapping with LiDAR.

Mike Sutton – Drones Use and Developments at FCNSW & Mechanised Planting Trial
Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) started testing the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)/drones across its 2.2 million ha estate in 2018. Training and accreditation of pilots has continued at a steady rate since then. FCNSW now has more than 70 accredited pilots across 20 locations.

Mike will also discuss how FCNSW has been investigating mechanical planting to determine if this is a feasible alternative to hand planting. FCNSW has been working with contractors to conduct trials, while these trials indicate potential benefits, they have also identified a number of limitations that need to be addressed before this technology can be considered for operational planting.

Dr Christine Stone – Native forest structural mapping with LiDAR
There is an increasing demand for forest managers to monitor and report on the sustainable management of native forests. The large areas of native forest necessitate a hierarchical, multi-source sampling design linking tree – and plot-level measurement to airborne and satellite data. Dr Stone will present recent results demonstrating the ability of LiDAR technology to quantify structural attributes across multiple scales.

Anthony Walsh – Green Triangle Alliance
The Green Triangle Fire Alliance (GTFA) has trialled camera based and satellite fire detection over the last two fire seasons. The presentation will discuss the activities undertaken and the outcomes to date.

Registrations: (Inc. GST)
Forestry Australia Member: $10 | Non-Member: $50 | Student members: Free
Registrations close: Tuesday 23 August at 10:00am (AEST)

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Mike Sutton, Manager, Innovation and Research, Forestry Corporation NSW:

Mike has been forester for 40 years working in plantation, native forest and fire roles in SA, Victoria and NSW. Mike’s particular areas of interest are innovation and developing ways to improve operational forest activities. This has included implementation of the Forestry Corporation’s MapApp mobile mapping application, establishing and managing FCNSW’s extensive drone program, and investigating and testing emerging technologies.

Dr Christine Stone, former leader of DPI NSW Forest Science:

Until recently, Christine was a Senior Principal Research Scientist in the NSW Department of Primary Industries Forestry Branch and Leader of the Forest Science team. While her early research career focused on forest health, this progressed into evaluating remote sensing systems to improve the capacity of managers to assess multiple attributes required for the profitable management of plantations and the sustainable management of native forests.  She has a reputation of delivering project outcomes through a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team approach.  Christine is on the Australian Forestry Editorial Board and in 2017 she was awarded the NW Jolly Medal.

Anthony Walsh, Green Triangle Fire Alliance

Anthony Walsh is Manager of the Green Triangle Fire Alliance (GTFA), based in Hamilton Victoria. The GTFA is comprised of the nine major plantation managers and owners in the Green Triangle and has an aim to improve fire management outcomes for its members and the wider community. Anthony is a forester with extensive experience in plantation and fire management throughout Australia.

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