10-11 May 2022 | Rotorua, New Zealand

Improving our environmental performance across the forest industry brings both challenges and rewards. For the first time, our Environmental Forestry 2022 Conference will bring together a wide range of foresters working on improving industry outcomes.

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Environmental Forestry 2022


Improving our environmental performance across the forest industry brings both challenges and rewards. For the first time, our Environmental Forestry 2022 Conference will bring together a wide range of foresters working on improving industry outcomes.

We seek to facilitate speakers and delegates to share successes and learnings among peers across a range of forest management companies for large and small forest estates. As a result, delegates can make positive change and learn from each other to establish and improve best practices. We will also encourage participation and contributions from national and regional regulatory agencies.

What's Planned?

We plan to include a range of case studies across the forest production cycle from harvest planning to post-harvest audits and impact assessments. Best practices and recent developments will be discussed through shared learnings among industry professionals. A cross-section of forest operations will be included in the range of professional presentations.

The conference agenda will appeal to regional council staff and management from forest company professionals, from small to large forest companies as well as regulatory and policy staff from local councils, Ministry for Primary Industries, NZ Forest Service and the Ministry for the Environment.

Health & Safety
The health and safety of everyone who participates in this event is our top priority. Click here to learn more about how we host safe events and why you can book with confidence.

Covid-19 and Vaccination Certificate
Public health guidelines as advised by the Ministry of Health will strictly be adhered to by the event organisers, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (Innovatek Ltd). As directed by the NZ Government, all attending this event will be required to be vaccinated (unless a COVID-19 vaccination exemption by the Director-General of Health or the Minister for the COVID-19 Response has been granted).

Everyone attending or working at the event venue, will need to have with them on arrival, a vaccination certificate or vaccination exemption (either digital or paper). This will be scanned for verification before entering the venue. Click here for further details.

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Conference Scope
  • Keynote Address / Overview / Background / Scene-Setting
  • Slash Management – From Challenge to Opportunity
  • Case Studies – Leading Best Practice Exemplars
  • Focus on Specific Operations and Woodlots to Meet Standards

Who Will Attend?

  • Environmental foresters from large and small forest management companies
  • Senior operation managers from forest companies
  • Regulatory and compliance staff from regional councils and local government agencies
  • Staff from both policy and management groups at national government agencies
  • Owners and senior operations staff from forest engineering contracting companies


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions, please contact John Stulen on or (+64) 7 921 1382.

Environmental Forestry 2022 Programme

10-11 May 2022, Rotorua, New Zealand + Virtual Online

DAY 1     Tuesday 10 May 2022 | Workshop & Networking Function

Timezone: NZDT

1.00pm - 4.30pm

Pre-Conference Workshop

In conjunction with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

5.00pm - 7.00pm

Conference Icebreaker 'Meet and Greet' Function

In Exhibitors Area

DAY 2     Wednesday 11 May 2022 | Conference Programme

Session 1 | Welcome, Overview & Background

Session Chairperson: John Stulen


What are Forestry's Environmenal Challenges & What Must Change for More Sustainable Outcomes - Industry Perspective
Phil Taylor, Port Blakely


Leading Aratu post-Tolaga Changes in Erosion, Sediment and Slash Practices
Neil Woods, CEO, Aratu Forests


Erosion, sedimentation and slash – Is the Sector doing Enough to Manage this Trifecta?
Oliver Hendrickson, Director Forestry & Land Management, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)


Morning Tea

Session 2 |Key Environmental Issues - Today's and Future Industry Challenges

Session Chairperson: To be confirmed


NZFOA Environment Committee Overview - Key Challenges for Environmental Harvesting
Sally Strang, Environmental Manager, Manulife


From Today to Harvest 2050 – What Needs to Change and When Between Now and Then
Young Foresters Panel Session
Chair: Campbell Harvey, University of Canterbury, PhD Candidate


Lunch + Networking

Session 3 | Case Studies - Best Practice Exemplars

Session Chairperson: Bill Wheeler


Case Study 1: How do you manage slash in waterways and cutovers in practice?
Speaker to be confirmed, Forest 360


Case Study 2: Northland Forestry Environmental Working Group – What it does and why it works
Zivana Pauling, Northland Regional Council


Case Study 3: Safeguarding NZ’s Waterways: Assessing performance of control practices for reducing sediment from forest harvestings
Jo Field, Environmental Planner, OneFortyOne New Zealand


Afternoon Tea

Session 4 | Focus on Specific Operations to Meet NESPF Standards

Session Chairperson: John Stulen, Innovatek


Managing woody residues on steep land sites. Where we agree, and where we should investigate further
Campbell Harvey, PhD student/Assistant Lecturer, University of Canterbury


A Personal Perspective – Moving from council consents and monitoring to forestry environmental manager
Nicki Davies, Environmental Manager, Ernslaw One


Presentation: Environmental management and woodlots – How do you keep track of it all when 100 are logged a year?
Myles Guy, Environmental & Land Use Business Manager, John Turkington


Conference concludes with Networking

In Conference Exhibitors Area

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Environmental Forestry conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved throughout the forestry sector. Exhibition spaces are always at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

We always receive strong interest in the sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities available. For a full range of sponsorship, exhibition and branding options, please contact Gordon Thomson, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Event Supporters

Featured image for “International Erosion Control Association (IECA)”
Featured image for “Forest Owners Association”

Event Sponsors

Featured image for “Toi-Ohomai”
Featured image for “PGG Wrightson Turf | DuraVeg”
Featured image for “Mobile Mentor”
Featured image for “Eagle Technology”
Featured image for “OsGro Seed Services”
Featured image for “Trimble Forestry”
Featured image for “Forme Consulting Group Ltd”
Featured image for “Remsoft”

FIEA Partners

Featured image for “USNR”
Featured image for “Atlas | Integral”
Featured image for “Remsoft”
Featured image for “Toi-Ohomai”
Featured image for “Eagle Technology”
Featured image for “NZ Logger”
Featured image for “Key Knife | Braford Industries”
Featured image for “Mobile Mentor”
Featured image for “Trimble Forestry”
Featured image for “C3”
Featured image for “FWPA”
Featured image for “Holtec”
Featured image for “Arxada (formally Lonza)”

Media Partners

Featured image for “WoodTECH News”
Featured image for “WoodWeek”
Featured image for “ForestTECH News”
Featured image for “HarvestTECH News”
Featured image for “Friday Offcuts”
Featured image for “NZ Logger”


Early Bird$895 + GST

Early Bird ends 11 March 2022. Rates are per person.

Standard Rate$995 + GST

Standard rate starts 12 March 2022. Rates are per person.

Group Rate (3+)$795 + GST

A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.


In-Person Only

Virtual Online$695*

Rate is per person. Australian and international attendees only. Access to live and on-demand event stream. GST is not charged on registrations based outside of New Zealand.

Registration Details
  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference and exhibitions
  • Pre and post-conference workshop registrations form part of the online event registration process. Details are being collected during your registration.
  • Virtual Online registrations can be booked. These apply to companies from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure online attendance by Australian and other international companies.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • The Early Bird and Super Early Bird Rates applies only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the listed dates above. All special discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • For those attending the Rotorua event, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • For Virtual Online registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • Due to Government requirements, a vaccination certificate or vaccination exemption (either digital or paper) is required to attend this event.
  • If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government, those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual online event that would be set up by the organisers.
  • If for any reason registration numbers have to be reduced at the Rotorua venue under the new traffic light system (also known as the COVID-19 Protection Framework), any delegate registrations over the required limit set by the NZ Government will be transferred to a virtual online registration.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19 and vaccination certificates.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 25 March 2022, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

To read our full Terms and Conditions, Click Here.


Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua
390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates will be available soon.

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