The New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative (NZDFI) is a commercially-oriented research and development project. It aims to develop genetically improved planting stock and management systems for ground-durable eucalypt species suited to New Zealand’s dryland regions.

Paul Millen wins prestigious award

Paul Millen was announced winner of the 2018 Research Award for Communication and Sector Engagement at the recent Forest Growers Research conference in Tauranga.  Paul is the manager of the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative.

“I appreciate the support from everyone here and in the wider industry. I’d like to thank people for listening to me!

This award comes thanks to the widespread positive interest and support given to NZDFI’s programme. Also people's willingness to engage in our research and collaborate with us in developing durable eucalypt species that will diversify regional  land use, sequester carbon and  supply hardwood for processing in future.

The One Billion Trees programme is a huge opportunity for us, and I’m really excited about what the future holds for the NZDFI. We have big plans.”


Paul Millen receives his award from Geoff Thompson, chair of the Forest Growers Levy Trust.

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