The NZ Dryland Forests Initiative (NZDFI) is a collaborative research and development programme. Our vision is to develop a sustainable multi-regional hardwood industry based on planting genetically improved durable eucalypt forests from 2020 to 2050.

Latest Project Update out now!

The NZDFI's latest Project Update is out now, covering the period January-June 2020. As ever, there has been a lot going on!

The big news is confirmation of our One Billion Trees Partnership grant which will support Proseed's propagation team in accelerating the production of elite planting stock.

We have two new team members, one award winner, and some great research updates from our postgraduates.

Also updates on work on posts - a key potential market for durable timbers, and news of an initiative to boost the alternative timbers and small-scale sawmilling sectors.

Read the full newsletter here.

For more information, contact Paul Millen, NZDFI Project Manager –




An aerial view of postgrad Daniel Boczniewicz's E. globoidea sections. Daniel is developing equations for heartwood volume and taper. Click to enlarge this fabulous photo.



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