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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2017) 61(4): 2
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Ecosystem services

Chris Goulding

This issue of the Journal has several papers on the theme of forest ecosystem services, in its broadest sense also known as management for non-timber benefits. Scion researchers have provided two papers on their work in quantifying the financial benefits of the ecosystem services of New Zealandís plantation forests, while Peter Oliver provides an industry viewpoint. Relating to the theme of non-timber benefits are several papers, one on forest management guidelines for brown kiwi by Wendy Sporle, another on making essential oil from Douglas fir foliage by Paul Greaves. There is also a paper on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification by Cyrielle Durand where a broad range of environmental and social outcomes are key performance indicators. A paper by Robert Hughes and Paul Molloy emphasises that small-scale forest owners make a significant contribution to New Zealandís post-1989 sequestration of carbon, but queries the high relative cost of assessing forest carbon for those owners.
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