Sustainable Intensification (GCFF)

More intensive management is required to ensure forestry remains profitable and competitive for land in NZ. Demonstrating forest management practices are sustainable is a prerequisite for freedom to operate and access to many markets. Research has focused on short- and long-term field trials to quantify the effects of forest management practices on long-term site productivity. Doubling productivity, the target of the Science and Innovation Strategy, in a sustainable way, requires new research approaches such as novel biological agents to promote plant growth. It will also require manipulation of sites to increase carrying capacity, without compromising environmental limits imposed by regulators. Benefits include improved description, achievement of potential yield and feedback to the breeding programme.