Local forestry student Pauline Edge has won the Mary Sutherland scholarship at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation awards.

The awards were held at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry conference dinner in Rotorua last week.

The scholarship, worth $1,000, went to Ms Edge who is a second year Diploma of Forest Management student at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua.

William Hollis, also a Diploma in Forest Management student at Toi-Ohomai, won $800 in the student poster competition for his work on the classification of native forest using remote sensing imagery.

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The New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation is a registered charity and was established by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry in 2011. Its function is to raise funding which can be used to encourage and support forestry-related education, training and research through the provision of grants, scholarships and prizes.

Full list of winners:

- A Future Forest Scholarship of $10,000 was awarded to Fei Guo, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury looking at the use of spectroscopy of cellulose and wood to predict growth-stress levels in standing trees and logs.

-The Otago/Southland Award of $1,500 went to Luke Holmes, a Bachelor of Forest Engineering Honours student at University of Canterbury whose research topic is the productivity of fully mechanised cable logging operations.

-Michael Pay, a second year Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury received the Frank Hutchinson Scholarship of $1,000 for a postgraduate student.

- A University undergraduate scholarship of $1,000 was received by Morgan Scragg, a first year Bachelor of Forestry Science student at the University of Canterbury.

- The Mary Sutherland scholarship of $1,000 went Pauline Edge, a second year Diploma of Forest Management student at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua.

Winners of the student poster competition held at the NZIF Conference were:

-William Hollis, a Diploma in Forest Management student at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua, for a poster on the classification of native forest using remote sensing imagery (first prize of $800)

-Okey Francis Obi, a PhD student at University of Canterbury, for a poster on the efficiency of logging crews (second prize of $500)

-Michael Pay, a Master of Forestry Science student at University of Canterbury for a poster on outcomes from management of a marginal hill country forest property (third prize of $200)