New Zealand School of Forestry - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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The School of Forestry at Canterbury is the only university department in New Zealand to offer professional forestry degree programmes.

Roy Kerr receives University's highest honour

10 May 2016 UC awards the rare honour of the title Canterbury Distinguished Professor to Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr who is also to receive the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Sweden. (read article)

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‘I really enjoyed the field trips and the closeness of the degree...’

Acacia Farmery BForSc(Hons)
Graduate Forester, Rayonier NZ Ltd, Auckland
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Conservation Management of a Threatened New Zealand 'gravel hopper'.

Congratulations to Dr Tara Murray and research student Jennifer Schori. Tara is the recipient of the Holohil Grant Program 2016 - 4th Quarter award. Holohil Systems (Canada) have provided 10 transmitters to track local movements of the endangered braided-river grasshopper Brachaspis robustus to learn more about dispersal and ecological requirements. Jennifer Schori, who is undertaking her PhD research on the grasshopper, was recently awarded the Stocker Scholarship (North Canterbury Branch Forest and Bird) to help support a component of her work looking at the breeding and lifecycle dynamics of the hoppers.

Durable Eucalypts on Drylands: protecting and enhancing value

New Zealand Dryland forests Initiative is hosting a Workshop from 10-20 April 2017at the Marlborough Research Centre, Blenheim. This workshop will update all those interested in the exciting and fast-moving developments in durable equalypt research. For more information, contact Dr Clemens Altaner at the School of Forestry.

IUFRO Interview

Listen to Rien Visser's interview with IUFRO about his research, study at UC and international exchange opportunities.

Rural Ecology Research Group

The Rural Ecology Research Group (RERG) is located in the School of Forestry and comprises Professor David Norton and Dr Laura Young with their graduate students.

Two thirds of New Zealand is not part of the public conservation estate yet a significant amount of native biodiversity occurs there. This area is also critical for the New Zealand economy because primary production is the basis of our export earnings but intensifying primary production is putting more and more pressure on native biodiversity.

The overall focus of research within RERG is on understanding, sustaining and enhancing native biodiversity within farming landscapes. Projects are wide ranging and include understanding what native biodiversity is present, what its values are for nature conservation and how it can benefit farming, and what can be done to sustain and enhance it within these production landscapes. One of our major current projects focuses on the benefits that native biodiversity can provide to farming and how native biodiversity conservation can be integrated into farm management. A key goal of our research is to facilitate widespread uptake of native biodiversity conservation in farm planning and management.

Sustainable Farming Fund Supports Forestry Research Project

The Hon Jo Goodhew, Associate Minister for Primary Industries, recently announced the award of $1.2 million to support five forestry research projects in the SFF funding round. The School of Forestry is pleased to be the recipient of one of the awards, valued at close to $500,000 per year for three years. The research, lead by Dr Clemens Altaner in association PhD student Nick Davies looks at minimising growth-strain in eucalypts to transform processing. The research will screen 10,000 two-year-old E. bosistoana trees for low growth-strain. Superior trees will then be mass propagated. This high quality wood can then be used for the production of engineered wood products such as laminated veneer lumber to open up additional export opportunities for the industry. All SFF-supported projects are matched by significant cash co-funding and in-kind support by industry and other parties. For this project, funding support has come from parties spanning the entire sector - ranging from seed producers to tree nurseries to forest growers and wood processors.

NZ Dryland Forests Initiative - Supreme winner of the Marlborough Cawthron Environment Award 2015

The NZ Dryland Forests Initiative (NZDFI) project won the Supreme Award, presented at the 2015 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards dinner on Friday 13th March in Blenheim. The Dryland Forests Initiative is a commercial research project to select the best eucalypt species to establish a durable hardwood industry in New Zealand.With over $2M invested so far by a diverse range of private businesses, councils and research organisations, including the School of Forestry, the award is clear recognition of a shared vision for New Zealand to be a world-leader in breeding ground-durable eucalypts, and to be home to a multimillion dollar sustainable hardwood industry based on eucalypt forests, by 2050.

Kaingaroa Timberlands Kaitiaki oe te Ngahere Scholarship

Timberlands, on behalf of Kaingaroa Timberlands, wants to encourage students to take up study towards a qualification in the forestry industry, as there are many interesting and varied jobs available to graduates and great long term career prospects within the industry.  Timberlands recognise it is a big hurdle for many prospective students to begin tertiary study, often due to the financial cost, and want to make this easier by offering financial assistance through this scholarship.The scholarship supports tuition fees for up to four years study. Information on the application process and award can be found on Timberlands employment site.

The Graham Whyte Fund

A fund established in memory of the late Dr Graham Whyte. Graham passed away on 29th June 2005, aged 66, after a long battle with leukaemia. Graham was a specialist in forest management systems, forest planning and production forecasting. He was a graduate of Aberdeen and Oxford Universities, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry and a recipient of the Institute's Thomas Kirk Award in 2000. Graham was the first appointment made by Professor McKelvey to the newly established School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury in 1968. He was promoted to Reader in 1981 and was Head of School from 1992 to when he retired. Graham had a great influence on 25 years of graduates from the School of Forestry and consequently has had a large impact on the progress of forestry in New Zealand. Graham will be remembered for his passion about forestry, his fearlessness in debate and his commitment to forestry education.

Graham was aware before he died that this fund would be established and he contributed to the fund. The purpose of the fund, and in accordance with Graham's wishes, is to provide a prize, awarded annually, to the best performing postgraduate student after one year of studies. The invitation to contribute to the Graham Whyte Fund is extended jointly by the New Zealand School of Forestry and the New Zealand Institute of Forestry.

Donations are administered through the University of Canterbury Foundation. See Support scholarships in the Alumni and Fundraising website for details.