Scion celebrates 75 Years of forest science
Friday 29 Apr 2022
In April 1947, the State Forest Service established a Forest Experiment Station beside the existing nursery at Whakarewarewa Forest. The decision to centralise forestry research laid the foundation for Scion today, supporting New Zealand's third largest export industry.
Scion’s research has had significant outcomes for New Zealand’s 1.7 million hectares of planted forests. Forestry adds NZ$6 to NZ$7 billion to the economy each year in export revenue and provides jobs for around 35,000 people.
Scion’s chief executive Dr Julian Elder says the 75th anniversary is a chance to reflect on where the organisation has come from and where it is headed, but also to really acknowledge the place that Scion sits right now – quite literally, the land on which the institute was built.
“When we opened our award-winning innovation hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata, in March last year, we started on a journey of inviting visitors into Te Papa Tipu campus, where Scion is headquartered in Rotorua, and sharing our work with the community.
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