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Treegrower articles

  • Continuous Cover Forestry: A Handbook for the Management of New Zealand Forests by Ian Barton
    Review by Allan Levett New Zealand Tree Grower November 2008 See these tree grower articles by Ian Barton: Continuous cover forestry – an introduction New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005…
  • Weeds in indigenous forests
    Melissa Brignall-Theyer, Sarah Richardson and Susan Wiser New Zealand Tree Grower May 2008 The most challenging weeds for managed indigenous forests are those that can disperse into harvested areas, prevent…
  • Totara – Northland’s farm forests of the future
    New Zealand Tree Grower November 2007 Helen Moodie, Paul Quinlan, David Bergin and Chris Kennedy Introducing the vision, activities, objectives and profile of the Northland Totara Working Group Birds spread…
  • Continuous cover forestry: Management practice
    Ian Barton New Zealand Tree Grower May 2006 This is the second and final part of the article on continuous cover forestry. The first part was published in the November…
  • Information sources on native tree species
    David Bergin, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. There is a large number of publications and information sources for those wanting to establish native plants, or for those embarking on management…
  • The new look Indigenous Forest Section
    Mike Halliday and John Wardle, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. The Indigenous Forest Section of the NZFFA was formed in August 1995, partly in response to the passing of the…
  • Continuous cover forestry - an introduction
    Ian Barton, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. This article covers the basic principles of continuous cover forestry. The second part, due to be published in the February Tree Grower, will…
  • Black beech management
    John Wardle, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. Rosalie and I purchased a property near Oxford in the Canterbury foothills in 1973. This property had about 84 hectares of black beech…
  • GIS and indigenous forest management
    Roger May, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. A geographical information system (GIS) is a computerised mapping system which can be used for map roduction, operational planning, spatial analysis and record-keeping. The…

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Trees on Farms videos

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Other sources of information

  • Wardle’s Native Trees of New Zealand
    Wardle, J., & Platt, I. p. (2011). Wellington: Bateson Publishing. 
    A comprehensive and accessible guide with over 300 colour photographs. Each tree species is described and illustrated, and the botanical and ecological details are supplemented with information about their uses. Order your copy »
  • Bush Vitality Assessment
    Janssen, H. (2006). Bush Vitality Assessment (revised edition). New Zealand: Helmut Janssen.
    A visual assessment kit for native bush, especially small remnant areas. Also has information on establishing new forest, the use of exotics, and erosion control.
  • Expanding economic viability for sustainably managed indigenous beech forests
    Donnelly, R. H. (2011). Expanding Economic Viability for Sustainably Managed Indigenous Beech Forests. Christchurch: NZ School of Forestry.
    Comprehensive report focusing on markets and the market potential for indigenous beech. SFF project 05/048, co-funded by University of Canterbury, NZFFA, Maori Trustee.
  • Indigenous forestry: Sustainable Management 
    NZ Ministry of Forestry, & NZ Farm Forestry Association. (1998). Indigenous Forestry: Sustainable Management. Wellington, NZ: NZ Ministry of Forestry.
    Handbook, general guide to principles and practice of indigenous forestry; focus on management of existing forest. Covers all aspects (but now being superceded by Tane’s Tree Trust publications).
  • Farming with Native Trees: A guide for farmers from Northland to Waikato.
    NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 5
    Mike Dodd and Helen Ritchie (eds)
    Practical advice plus a range of case studies from the northern North Island but relevant to other areas.
  • Kauri: ecology, establishment, growth and management.
    NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 2 
    David Bergin and Greg Steward 
    Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. Best current information on all aspects of growing and utilising kauri
  • Native forest restoration: A practical guide for landowners
    Porteous, T. (1993). Native Forest Restoration: A practical guide for landowners. Welliington, NZ: Queen ELizabeth the Second National Trust.
    Very useful practical handbook. Mostly covers environmental restoration but much detail on propagation, site preparation, planting and maintenance.
  • Native Trees: Planting and early management for wood production, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 3
    Bergin, D., & Gea, L. (2005) New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 3 (pp. 44). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
    Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. Best current information on all aspects of growing and utilising most important native species.
  • New Zealand’s Native Trees
    Dawson, J., & Lucas, R. (2012). New Zealand's Native Trees. New Zealand: Craig Potton Publishing.
    Award-winning book: comprehensive coverage and botanical photos of all NZ’s native species.
  • Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation, Vol. 3: Native Plants
    Hathaway R.L. (1986) Vol 3: Native Plants. Wellington: National Soil and Water Conservation Authority. 
    Using native plants for soil conservation.
  • Pohutukawa: ecology, establishment, growth and management, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 4
    Bergin, D., & Hosking, G. (2006) Pohutakawa: Ecology, establishment, growth and management. New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin Series No. 4 (pp. 104). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
    Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. More on conservation / ecological values than other bulletins in this series but does have details of timber use, growth and forestry potential.
  • Sherry river native plant establishment: ‘Best bet’ guidelines.
    Nick Ledgard and David Henley, 2009. Scion, PO Box 29237, Fendalton, Christchurch
    A practical, well-illustrated 8-page guide designed specifically for inland northern South Island – but basic principles would apply to most sites.
  • Planting and Managing Native Trees: Tane’s Tree Trust Technical Handbook
    2011, Tane’s Tree Trust.
    Comprehensive set of full-colour notes covering various aspects of indigenous forestry. Focus on establishment of new plantations. Regularly updated and added to.
  • The Native Trees of New Zealand 
    Salmon, J. T. (1986). The Native Treees of New Zealand: Reed Methuen.
    Botanical emphasis
  • The New Zealand Beeches: Ecology, utilisation and management
    Wardle, J. (1984). Wellington: NZ Forest Service.
    Slightly out of date on management aspects but excellent for ecology of the beeches.
  • The New Zealand beeches: establishment, growth and management, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 6 
    Smale, S., Bergin, D., & Steward, G. (2012). New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 6 (pp. 64). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute. 
    Full colour handbook covering all NZ’s beech species. Incudes management of natural stands and some information on establishing new plantations. Best available information on all aspects of growing and utilising the beech species.
  • Totara: establishment, growth and management NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No.1
    Bergin, D. (2003). New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 1 (pp. 40). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
    Full colour handbook: practical advice on growing and managing totara in NZ.
  • Totara: Existing uses and market development opportunities for naturally regenerating totara timber
    Quinlan, P., & Northland Totara Working Group. (2011). NZ Landcare Trust. Sustainable Farming Fund. Northland Totara Working Group.
    Comprehensive report with practical information about harvesting, processing and marketing totara. Northland focus but relevant elsewhere. SFF project (L10/145).
  • Riccarton Bush: Putaringamotu
    Brian Molloy (ed) 1995
    Detailed description of managing a bush block, including excellent ecological history of Canterbury.
  • Standards and Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Indigenous Forests (3rd edition)
    NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). (2007). (3 ed.). Rotorua: Indigenous Forestry Unit, MAF Policy. 
    The framework for MAF (now MPI) sustainable forest management plans and permits.

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