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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2022) 66(4): 7–13
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
A digital future for New Zealand forestry

Claire Stewart *,1 and Robin J.L. Hartley 2

1 Portfolio Leader, Scionís New Value from a Digital Forest and Wood Sector portfolio. Corresponding author:
2 Geospatial Scientist, Scion, Rotorua.
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: This paper brings together perspectives on the future of forestry from academia, research and industry. A diverse group of people have been interviewed from the University of Canterbury, Toi Ohomai, Forest Growers Research (FGR), Scion, Port Blakely Ltd, Forest Protection Services Ltd and Forest Management Ltd. The results highlight the unprecedented potential of data and the power of a collective approach for shared learning and digital democratisation. The paper touches on what a forestry tech sector platform and service opportunity could look like for New Zealand. Finally, it explores what future work may look like due to mechanisation and automation and considers how support can be provided to the next generation of foresters joining the forestry sector.
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