AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PESTCIDE USE AND CULTURE: PEST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, CHEMICAL REGULATIONS / FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION AND IMPACTS FOR TREE SURVIVAL AND YIELD

AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PESTCIDE USE AND CULTURE: PEST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, CHEMICAL REGULATIONS / FOREST MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION AND IMPACTS FOR TREE SURVIVAL AND YIELD

Pesticide use is an efficient and cost-effective forest management tool in Australian Forestry. Competition for light, space, water and soil nutrients from vegetation can have detrimental effects on tree survival and productivity of plantation tree species.

The demand for timber is increasing resulting in plantation management in Australia becoming more intensive, as managers try to extract greater volume and value out of each hectare.

The aim of this study tour was to review pesticide use and culture in north-eastern Australia, New Zealand, and south-eastern America by talking to key forestry representatives directly involved in pesticide use, managing and monitoring compliance, and to see the impacts reduced pesticide use or reduced availability of chemicals has on plantation forest management.