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Recommended publications


  • Facts and Figures, NZ Plantation Forest Industry
    This brochure, published yearly, contains background information and statistical data on the New Zealand forest industry. It is jointly released by FOA and MPI.
  • A Forestry Sector Study 2009
    NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF Policy, now MPI), 2009, Wellington
    Full-blown analysis of the NZ forest sector and its place in the national economy. Good source of facts and figures. Originally written in 2007/08 so some parts now out of date.
  • A Guide to Safety with Chainsaws
    Worksafe NZ (and Department of Labour 2011)
  • A selection of alternative timbers
    Handbook providing information for growers and sawmillers about timber from a range of NZ alternative plantation species and amenity trees 
    Mortimer, J. (2003). A Selection of Alternative Timbers. Hamilton, New Zealand: Taitua Books. 
  • Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Forest Operations 
    Worksafe NZ (and MBIE 2012)
    Full-length (reference) document covering all health and safety requirements for forestry operations. Most relevant to commercial operators.
  • Chainsaw Operator’s Manual: Chainsaw Safety, Maintenance and Cross-cutting Techniques
    ForestWorks. (2009). New Zealand: LandLinks press.
    Covers basic chainsaw operating techniques including safety, maintenance and cross-cutting, but not tree felling. Detailed diagrams illustrate horizontal, vertical and boring cuts, as well as trimming and cross-cutting techniques.
  • Continuous Cover Forestry: A handbook for the management of New Zealand forests 
    Barton, I. (2008). Continuous Cover Forestry: A handbook for the management of New Zealand forests. Pukekohe, NZ: Tanes Tree Trust. 
    A thought-provoking look at continuous cover management systems and preferred species. ‘How to’ information and practical examples from NZ and overseas.
  • Creative Forestry – A Guideline for Forest Managers
    Anstey, C., Thompson, S., & Nichols, K. (1982). Creative Forestry: A guideline for forest managers. Wellington: Government Printer.
    Understanding how a forest best fits into the rural landscape.
  • Environmental effects of planted forests in New Zealand: the implications of continued afforestation of pasture.
    Maclaren, J. P. (1996). FRI Bulletin No. 198 (pp. 180). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute. 
    Environmental evaluation of the effects of establishing pine plantations on grassland.
  • Farm Forestry: The first 50 years
    Hosking, J. (1999). Farm Forestry: The first 50 years. Wellington: New Zealand Farm Forestry Association.
    A history of the NZFFA since its formation in 1950s. Includes information on a range of species, and work done by various farm foresters with these.
  • Forestry Fact Pack: High Country Forestry
    NZ Ministry of Forestry. (1994). New Zealand: NZ Ministry of Forestry.
    Practical guide for establishing and managing trees on high country properties
  • Forest Trees of Australia
    Boland, D. J., Brooker, M. I. H., & Chippendale, G. M. (1996). Forest Trees of Australia (5 ed.). Australia: CSIRO Publishing. 
    An essential reference for observing, identifying and obtaining information on the native trees of Australia.
  • Guide to Successful Farm Forestry: A Hawke’s Bay Perspective 
    Thomsen, K., Stokes, S., Olsen, A., & Mackintosh, S. (2005). Guide to Successful Farm Forestry: A Hawke's Bay Perspective. Wellington, New Zealand: NZ Farm Forestry Association (Hawke's Bay Branch).
    Good coverage of different species; relevant to all eastern regions. Good general information on planting and management. Funding being sought to get it available online.
  • New Zealand Timbers: The complete guide to exotic and indigenous woods
    Clifton, N. C. (1994). New Zealand Timbers: The complete guide to exotic and indigenous woods. Wellington, NZ: GP Publications Ltd. 
    Comprehensive coverage of all NZ’s main timber species. Includes colour photos of timbers plus information on sawing, drying and utilisation. Some aspects now out of date.
  • NZ Institute of Forestry Handbook 
    NZ Institute of Forestry. (1995). NZIF Forestry Handbook.
    Handbook with a range of forest management topics; designed for forest managers and consultants. Some finance/tax information for NZ growers. Some sections out of date.
    Available in hard copy or on CD from the NZ Institute of Forestry
  • Small Forest Management Handbook series
    1. Special Purpose Timber Species
    2. Forestry Joint Ventures
    3. The Resource Management Act
    4. Planning a small forest
    5. Establishing a small forest
    6. Managing a small forest for timber
    7. Harvesting a small forest
    8. Marketing a small forest.
    NZ Ministry of Forestry (1995-96)
    Series of advisory handbooks covering many practical aspects of small forest management. Popular at the time of production; a lot of the information still relevant.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Trees: Timbers and Forests of the World
    Edlin H, & Nimmo M et al. (1978). The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Trees, Timbers and Forests of the World.
    Background to different forests of the world. Pictures and leaf descriptions. Good for tree identification.
  • The International Book of Trees
    Johnson, H. (1973). The International Book of Trees: A guide and tribute to the trees of our forests and gardens.
    History, establishment, etc as well as sections on main family groups.
  • The Practice of Silviculture: Applied forest ecology
    Smith, D. M., Larson, B. C., Kelty, J., Mark, P., & Ashton, S. (1997 ). The Practice of Silviculture: Applied forest ecology (9 ed.). USA: John Wiley and Sons. 
    Classic American forestry textbook for those interested in applying ecological principles to managing trees
  • Trees and Shrubs of NZ
    Poole, A. L., & Adams, N. M. (1980). Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand. Wellington, NZ: NZ Government Printers.
    Very good quality information (botanical guide). Black and white line drawings and some colour plates.
  • Trees for the New Zealand Countryside: A Planter’s Guide
    Mortimer, J., & Mortimer, B. (1984). Rotorua, New Zealand: Taitua Books.
    Excellent guide to tree planting and species choice on farms.
  • Reed Field Guide to Exotic Trees in New Zealand: Broadleaves and Conifers
    Salmon, P. N. (2003). Reid Field Guide to Exotic Trees in New Zealand: Boradleaves and Conifers. Auckland, NZ: Reed.
    Full-colour field handbook, excellent for tree identification.
  • The World of Trees
    Johnson, H. (2010). The World of Trees. California: University of California Press.
    A full-colour, hardback guide to more than six hundred of the world's major forest and garden trees. Includes the structure and life cycle of trees, how trees are named, trees and the weather, the use of trees in gardens and landscape design, and tree planting and care.
  • Trees on Farms: A guide with local experience of growing trees in the Waikato region
    Chapters 1-7, p 3-27
    Chapters 8-11, p 29-52
    Environment Waikato. (2002). Hamilton, NZ: Environmment Waikato.
    Handbook with general farm-based tree planting and management information plus case studies from different types of Waikato farms.
  • Trees on Farms: Report for the NZ Farm Environment Award Trust and MAF Study Scholarship 
    Mackintosh, J. (2010). (pp. 44).
    An overview of opportunities for trees on farms in NZ written by a Bay of Plenty farm forester and farm environmental award winner. 
    No longer available on the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards website
  • Trees, farms and the NZ landscape
    Stockley, G. (1973). Southland: Southland Farm Forestry Association.
    A good general publication. Covers all aspects of tree growing and establishment and is well organised in chapters and appendices. Somewhat dated.
  • Wood in Australia: Types, Properties and Uses
    Bootle, K. R. (2010). Wood in Australia: Types, properties and uses (2 ed.). Australia: McGraw-Hill.
    Nature of wood and wood properties for a wide range of Australian species.
  • Woodlots in the landscape
    Lucas, D. (1987). Woodlots in the landscape. Wellington, NZ: Landscape Publications Ltd.
    A small handbook introducing some useful concepts of practical landscape design for new planters.



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