Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Programme

The Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) research programme has the overall objective of significantly improving the productivity and profitability of radiata pine forests.


The vision: to shift New Zealand’s forest management to ‘precision forestry’ by taking a systems-wide approach and integrating the latest advances in science and technology into forest management.

Precision forestry is: 

Planning and conducting site-specific forest management activities and operations to:

  • improve wood product quality and utilisation
  • reduce waste
  • increase profits
  • maintain the quality of the environment.

GCFF is a six-year (2014-2019 inclusive) joint initiative between Scion, the forest growing industry and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). It has an average budget of $5.1 million per annum.

For more information, visit GCFF strategy document.

Key activities

The GCFF programme has four over-arching research aims:

  1. Maximising benefits from existing forests – a systems approach
  • Describing and segregating the existing standing tree resource
  • Enhancing productivity of older stands
  1. Building more productive, higher quality forests for the future
  • Phenotyping the forest
  • Doubling radiata pine productivity
  • Enhancing activity of the soil microbial community
  1. Sustainability under intensified regimes
  • Ensuring sustainability of soil, water and biodiversity and over multiple rotations
  • Developing spatial economic models for sustainable forestry
  1. Closing the gap: translating science into sustainable business growth
  • Establishing innovation clusters
  • Communicating with end users.


FGR GCFF Technical Steering Team:

Company Contact
City Forests Limited Peter Oliver
Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Limited Simon Papps
Port Blakely Limited NZ Aaron Gunn
Rayonier | Matariki Forests Paul Adams
Timberlands Limited Ian Hinton


Science leader:     Dr Peter Clinton

Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future website


The GCFF project has close links with: