SFF Futures projects: forestry

The projects are listed according to their start dates. The latest project is at the top.

Wood fire-retardant pilot project

  • Project start: 19 March 2021
  • Project length: 3 years
  • MPI funding: $785,548
  • Industry funding: $1,178,322
  • Industry partner: Abodo Wood Ltd
  • Region: Bay of Plenty

This project will research, develop and trial the commercialisation of a resin formula to create a durable fire-retardant exterior wood prototype from New Zealand grown radiata pine. The product will be used in industrial applications where timber is currently prohibited. It will be tested against New Zealand, Australian, European, and American standards for fire retardant properties, performance and durability.

Pine pollen

  • Project start: 27 October 2020
  • Project length: 2 years
  • MPI funding: $288,500
  • Industry funding: $288,500
  • Industry partner: Pine Pollen NZ Ltd
  • Region: Nationwide

This project seeks to establish the foundations for an export-focused pine pollen industry in New Zealand. Pine pollen is considered a high value nutrition source for humans, with a long history of use as a health product and food in China, Korea and Japan.

Best Practice Plantation Forestry Sedimentation Controls

  • Project start: 25 May 2020
  • Project length: 7 years
  • MPI funding: $1,350,000
  • Industry funding: $1,350,000
  • Industry partner: OneFortyOne
  • Region: Nelson/Tasman

This project is establishing and executing a plantation forest paired catchment study to assess the performance of innovative erosion and sediment controls. It will quantify how much sediment can be prevented from leaving a plantation forest harvesting site, the ecological effects of reducing sediment generation and delivery, and the operating costs of implementing new standards and practices. Findings will be shared widely.

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