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Research Forester

Research Foresters test different ways that forestry can be conducted and the conditions in which trees will grow. The goal of this research is to maximise the yield of timber from trees grown.

Soil is an important factor when growing any crop. Forestry is no different. The Research Forester plants trees in different soils, e.g., sandy, clay, high-alkaline or high-acidic content. They monitor variables such as growth rates, health, water uptake, and survival rates.

Since forestry began, the question of “how much space between each tree and what pattern to plant them in?” has been asked by foresters. Research Foresters create trial plots that differ in the pattern trees are planted. They look for the optimal spacing that allows for the greatest yield.

A Research Forester will also test fertilisers and weed control chemicals. This includes different ratios of chemical used, the type of chemical, the application method, and the response of the pine trees.

Research Foresters are continuously testing genetics of pine trees through the breeding of different tree families. They look for the most desirable traits, keeping tree families in rotation that produce quality wood and grow well in the region. This results in better trees over time.

Desmond, OneFortyOne Research Manager, taking soil samples for testing.

OneFortyOne acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, water, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations people today.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori communities have a strong spiritual connection between people and the land – the wellbeing of one sustains the wellbeing of the other. We strive to build meaningful relationships with iwi as tangata whenua (people of the land/region), to be responsible intergenerational kaitiaki (stewards/guardians) of the land where our forests grow.