This will be the first time the conference will be held in the Northern Hemisphere, and the first time the conference has taken place in a wood fibre importing country. The conference will still focus on the import trends in north Asia and the outlook for chip supply to the Pacific markets though a larger number of European-based delegates are anticipated to attend.

Field trips to wood based panel operations and a woodchip import port, and to short rotation tree energy crops will complement earlier field trips to largely pulpwood-based plantations and woodchip export facilities.