Members of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have been growing cypress for many decades and have valuable experience to share. We recommend you join NZFFA and the Forest Investors Action Group, get involved with your local NZFFA branch, and visit some local growers to learn more about growing cypresses for timber.
- Measuring radiata pine and forecasting yields
Dave Crawley, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. Measuring radiata pine and forecasting yields has become a highly specialised area and there is now an increasing array of software and tools…
- Threats to radiata pine
Nectria flute canker remains confined to the lower half of the South Island Dean Satchell, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. At the recent forest health workshop in Rotorua, Ensis held…
- Plantation silviculture at the crossroads
Euan Mason, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. What do you think of New Zealand? The classic question reputedly asked of so many visitors has provoked a variety of answers. John…
- The Riverhead factor – a practical view of wood density
Ross Bawden, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. I grew up in Riverhead – at that time a small country area on the outskirts of Auckland. It had several claims to…
- Initial spacing in radiata pine
Wink Sutton, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. Recent silvicultural improvements, such as seed source – almost all seed now comes from seed orchards – nursery practice, tree handling, planting methods,…
- Tools for pruning radiata pine
Chris Meads – Levin Sawmakers, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2005. If you have decided to prune, then use the right pruning equipment. The two most common methods of pruning are…
- No. 02 Choosing radiata pine tree stocks
NZFFA Information leaflet No. 2 (2005). Introduction Most forest nurserymen offer a range of different tree stocks for sale, with some quite large price differentials between them, reflecting the cost…
- NZFFA guide sheet No. 1: An Introduction to Growing Radiata Pine
In this page: Site Selection Regimes Radiata Pine Genetics Seedlings & Cuttings Planting Stock Site Preparation Planting Stocking Rates Releasing Toppling Pruning for Clearwood Regimes Thinning Rotation Length Health, Safety…
- How Should We Manage Our Radiata Pine?: Denis Hocking's blog, May 21, 2017
At a couple of recent conferences we have had speakers urging higher stocking rates to increase total recoverable volume and returns from plantations. A recent paper by John Moore &…
- Radiata pine wood quality: Denis Hocking's blog, June 20, 2014
Radiata pine may be an easy and productive timber species for us to grow, but it has long been recognised that the timber does have a number of quality problems.…
- Brian Simms, Kaitaia, Far North branch
Brian Simms' farm near Kaitaia in Northland combines grazing with high value trees. Tree species planted include radiata pine, blackwood and silky oak (Grevillea robusta). Brian plants for erosion control…
- Les Carr, Mangamuka, Far North branch
Les Carr describes some of the successes and pitfalls involved with forestry in his mixed drystock and 90-hectare forestry operation near Mangamuka, Northland, including a joint venture with members of…
- Doug Lane, Paitu, Kaeo, Far North branch
On this award-winning property plantings are for timber, aesthetics and to create a pleasant working environment. Trees planted on land that was marginal for stock have made stock management much…
- John and Christine Pedersen, Parakao, Whangarei, Mid-North branch
The Pedersens have integrated livestock, woodlot and timber-line plantings; trees have been planted on the steepest, driest parts of farm. Main species are radiata pine and eucalypts. Trees have resulted…
- Peter and Nikki Davies-Colley, Ngarakau, Whangarei, Mid-North branch
On this 300-hectare sheep, cattle and forestry property, a whole-farm approach is taken - trees are only planted on land too steep or difficult to cultivate. Poplars are planted to…
- Peter and Pam Kelly, Dargaville, Mid-North branch
This 300-hectare exposed dry coastal sand country is used for intensive beef production.40 ha of the worst land is in production forestry; 4-5 ha in shelter and amenity plantings have…
- Audrey Hay, Riverhead, near Helensville, Lower North branch
Audrey Hay's 80 hectare forestry and drystock farm at Riverhead, Helensville. Audrey discusses how plantings were planned on a farm which had very few trees when they bought it 25…
- John and Oriel Furniss, Aharoa, Warkworth (Lower North Branch)
John and Oriel Furniss describe starting from scratch and their innovative approaches to tree planting and utilisation on their Lower North property. Trees provide income diversification and options for farm…
- David and Chloe Blackley and Gabrielle Walton; Summerhill, Bay of Plenty branch
This award-winning drystock property combines plantation forestry with amenity and conservation plantings and public recreation. Species include radiata pine, kauri, cypresses, blackwoods, eucalypts and poplar (to control soil erosion). Gabrielle…
- Tim Orlando Reep, Huntly, Waikato branch
Trees in this high-rainfall area of the Waikato have been planted on the steeper slopes. Tim farms cattle and has learnt ways of integrating trees with them, and also maximising…
- Gray Baldwin, Putaruru, Waikato branch
Trees are integrated with dairy cows on the Baldwin's properties. Economic and environmental objectives are combined to maximise outputs from all land types on these intensively managed farms. The Baldwins…
- Kyle and Madelein Brennan, Reporoa, Taupo branch
90-hectare rolling dairy farm on pumice country milking 230 friesian cows. Natives and other amenity trees are planted in wet gullies and riparian zones. Steeper sidlings are planted with high-value…
- Benjamin Lee, Reporoa, Taupo branch
Second generation dairy farmer with trees on this exposed plateau farm planted for shelter, shade, soil conservation and timber. A wide range of species are grown in the steeper parts…
- Garth and Vivienne Cumberland, Te Kuiti/Piopio, King Country, Waitomo branch
Early plantings on this property, now under new ownership, were along agroforestry principles. Garth discusses the pros and cons of agroforestry, and how ideas have changed. Trees grown on poorer…
- Barry Tatham, Piopio, King Country, Waitomo branch
On this King Country farm, trees enable better stock management and improved cattle and sheep production on unplanted land.Trees also provide habitat for wildlife, improved water quality and secure water…
- Malcolm McKenzie, Otorohanga, Waitomo branch
Trees are combined with dairy support grazing on this 57-hectare block, with trees occupying the steeper land. Malcolm grows top-quality blackwoods as well as poplar, cypresses and radiata pine. Markets…
- Bob Wishart and Meg Gaddum, Te Kawawa, Gisborne branch
Bob Wishart and Meg Gaddum, Te Kawawa, Gisborne branch. No posts yetAdd a post
- Nick Seymour, Wensleydale Station, Gisborne branch
Wensleydale demonstrates fully integrated trees and drystock farming - soil erosion control, diversified farm income, shade and shelter for post-shearing, and lambing and much more. Pine, poplar and willow, cypresses,…
- Grace and Ray Newman, Gisborne branch
Ray Newman talks about his approach to growing trees on his highly erodible 600-hectare east coast sheep and beef farm, or which 100 ha has been planted in trees. Species…
- Alec Olsen, Valhalla, Hawkes Bay branch
Trees play a big part on Alec's 300-hectare drystock rolling hill country property. Alec describes how his plantings bring multiple benefits including erosion control, shade, shelter, water quality, biodiversity, aesthetics…
- Steve Wyn Harris, Marlow Hill, Hawkes Bay branch
A 350-hectare drystock property with 34 hectares in forestry. Trees are mainly pine; also eucalypts, cypresses and a range of nut trees. Planting has been on steeper parts of farm…
- McRae Trust, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay branch
This Trust-owned farm is set up to demonstrate best land use practices on east coast. hill land. Pine plantations are established on steeper, erodible land, plus there are widespread poplar…
- Maurice and Rodney Hawkes, Taranaki branch
A range of alternative species are grown on this 57-hectare exposed Taranaki dairy farm, including redwoods, cryptomeria japonica, and poplars. Trees are planted for shelter and shade, biodiversity and aesthetics.…
- Victor and Christiana McIntyre, Waitui, Taranaki branch
The McIntyre's Taranaki dairy farm has highly erodible soils. Plantings are on steeper land to control erosion, improve water quality (Clean Stream Accord), for shade and shelter benefits, and for…
- Dougal and Di McIntosh, Ratamarumaru Farm, Wanganui (Middle Districts branch)
Large-scale farm forestry on steep, highly erodible and gorse prone Wanganui hill country. Innovative approaches to shared forest ownership have enabled the McIntoshes to stay on their farm. Some 400…
- Don Tantrum, Rangiwai, nr Taihape, Middle Districts branch
Don Tantrum's plantings comprise a wide range of alternative species, grown for multiple benefits. Species include black walnut, blackwoods, cypresses and eucalypts. Don has also harvested and milled many species…
- Denis Hocking, Rangitoto Farm, Bulls, Middle Districts branch
Denis Hocking describes his farm forestry operations on sand country in the Manawatu. Drystock occupy the flats, while trees are grown on the sand dunes.Radiata pine does particularly well on…
- Chris and Gwen Bossley, Whispering Pines, Ohau, nr Levin (Wellington Branch)
The Bossley family established their forest on drifting sand on this coastal property in the early 1980s. Successful species are radiata pine and eucalypts. They are now harvesting the trees…
- Peter Gawith, Longbush Valley, Masterton, Wairarapa branch
Trees have been planted on this farm for many years to hold the hills in place; wide-spaced eucalypts were planted early on and now poplars and willows are planted and…
- Andy Pottinger, Annerley, Masterton, Wairarapa branch
Rolling to steep hill country farm, with sheep, beef and forestry playing a major part on this large-scale farm business. Original plantings were for shelter, shade, soil conservation and aesthetics,…
- Eric Cairns, Mangaroa Valley, Upper Hutt, Wellington Branch
Eric Cairns describes his multiple species plantings, managed largely under continuous cover forest principles, on this lifestyle property near Upper Hutt. No posts yetAdd a post
- Bevan Walker, Nelson branch
Nelson Branch member Bevan Walker shows the house he built from local specialty timbers, his 50 hectares of pine and 20 hectares of other species where he is into his…
- Chris Dawkins, The Pyramid, Waihopai Valley, Marlborough branch
This is a 450 ha dryland sheep and cattle property, of which 60 ha is in trees. Timber, shade, shelter, soil conservation and amenity all feature in the objectives. 80%…
- Brent and Caralyn Morrison, Rai Valley, Nelson branch
Dairy farmers Brent and Caralyn Morrison on their 270 ha dairy farm which includes 50ha forestry and 40 ha native bush. Riparian zones and gullies fenced and planted; species include…
- Susie Thompson & Rob Danford, Hokitika, West Coast branch
This West Coast lifestyle property features challenging paki soils but Susie and Rob have planted a wide variety of trees for various reasons. A radiata block is for a retirement…
- Glen Crickett and Catherine van Paassen, Hokitika, West Coast
Glen Crickett describes the challenges of growing trees on paki soils near Hokitika. His property features Eucalyptus nitens grown for firewood and timber; blackwoods also feature, plus Glenn's new Peterson…
- Jack Davidson, Aharua Valley, Hokitika, West Coast branch
This small West Coast grazing and forestry block features a wide range of species including radiata pine, cypresses, eucalypts including ground-durable eucalypts, blackwoods, and poplars. Willows and poplar are grown…
- Gary Fleming, Mt Grey Homestead, North Canterbury branch
Gary Fleming describes his100-hectare property where over 650 species of trees have been planted on the three distinct soil types. Trees are grown for timber, for shelter of the deer…
- Tony Tripp, Snowdon Station, Central Canterbury branch
On this 2000 hectare high country station, the original plantings in the 1970s were subsidised by the catchment board, with creating shelter the top priority. Four-row belts, two rows of…
- Brian Dixon, Little Down, Rangiora, Central Canterbury branch
Brian Dixon describes this 230-hectare drystock farm where trees were predominantly planted for shelter when large paddocks were sub-divided. Also small blocks of pine were planted on steeper land -…
- Robert Johnston, Ashley Gorge Station, Central Canterbury branch
On this 1650-hectare hill country station trees were planted with catchment board subsidies in the 1970s, mainly shelterbelts to prevent soil erosion. Production forests came soon after, and native forests…
- Gary Dennison, Waimate, South Canterbury branch
This hill block includes radiata pine and Douglas fir planted for investment and native species to enhance a walkway up to the Waimate white horse. Wetlands are also being developed,…
- Ian Jackson, Hunter, South Canterbury branch
Ian Jackson describes the role of trees on his coastal drystock property, where he is the fourth generation farmer. Douglas fir, eucalypts, and radiata pine are planted on poorer areas…
- Herstal Ullricht, Rock Farm, Cave, South Canterbury branch
Herstal Ullricht describes how trees work for him on his two drystock farms in a very low rainfall zone. Around 10% of the farm is in forestry; shelter and shade…
- Ken Wigley, Glen Lyon Station, Southern High Country branch
High country station where trees are valued for shelter and a better living and working environment. Ken Wigley describes a joint venture planting. Species include Douglas fir and pine. No…
- Warren Smith, Greymouth, West Coast branch
Warren Smith and wife Marilyn own two farms - a sheep and beef property which has been in the family for many years, plus a newer dairy block. Warren is…
- Ken Stephens, Balclutha, South Otago branch
Ken Stephens describes how, as a second-generation farm forester, he has carried on where his father Vic left off. The Stephens are now harvesting continuously so receiving a steady income…
- Bill Wise, Balclutha, South Otago branch
Bill Wise has been planting trees for timber and shelter on his sheep and beef farm for 50 years on poorer, gorse-infested areas. He is now into the second rotation…
- Neil Cullen, Glen Omaru Valley, Balclutha, South Otago branch
Neil Cullen describes his award-winning farm which includes sheep and beef enterprises, plantation forestry and native forest. Neil stresses the importance of good planning for successful forestry ventures, particularly thinking…
- Dennis Larsen, Clutha, South Otago branch
Dennis Larsen describes his large-scale sheep and beef unit in South Otago. trees were originally planted for erosion control, shade and shelter, and then timber production - some 92 hectares…
- Eoin Garden, Avenel Station, Central Otago branch
The Garden family farm this 2000 hectare hill to high country station, producing sheep, beef, and venison. Some 200 ha is now planted as shelterbelts and woodlots with shelter a…
- Donald Gordon, Crofthead, Milton, South Otago branch
Forty hectares of trees have been established on this Otago sheep and beef farm. Key species are radiata pine, macrocarpa and Douglas fir. The earliest plantings (planted in 1981) are…
- Alan Roulston, Hillend, South Otago branch
A 400-hectare rolling farm with sheep, cattle, outdoor pigs and cropping. Trees have been planted in riparian zones, for shelter, timber, wildlife, fruit and nuts, and aesthetics. Stock management, animal…
- Michael Anderson, Hokanui, Southland branch
Michael Anderson has been planting trees for many years on this 490-hectare all-sheep farm. He now has 42 ha of woodlots, plus QE II covenants, shelterbelts and amenity plantings. Plantings…
- Keeping an eye on the health of your foliage June 2015
Scion seeks input from farm foresters around New Zealand to help in the fight against red needle cast and other foliar diseases. Red needle cast has posed a threat to…
- Diverse Forests, Emerging Opportunities Issue 3 April 2015
Issue 3, April 2015 A very successful start to the year This newsletter is the third in our series on Diverse Forests and the first for 2015. We have, however…
- Growing confidence in forestry's future May 2014
Scion Research Programme 2013 - 2019 Raising the profitability of commercial forestry investments is an imperative for the entire New Zealand forestry sector and also vital to increasing economic…
- Radiata Pine Growers’ Manual
Maclaren, J. P. (1993). FRI Bulletin No. 184 (pp. 140). Rotorua, NZ: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Essential first read for growing and managing pine. Needs updating in places.
- New Zealand pine and Douglas-fir: Suitability for processing
FRI Bulletin No. 216, Cown, D. J. (1999).
- A dynamic framework for spatial modelling Pinus radiata soil water balance (SWatBal) across New Zealand
FRI Bulletin No. 234, Palmer, D. J., M. S. Watt, B. K. Höck, D. J. Lowe and T. W. Payn (2009).
- Equations for predicting defect core size for pruned radiata pine butt logs
FRI Bulletin No. 131, Gosnell, T. (1987).
- A manual for selecting crop trees when pruning and thinning radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 133, Maclaren, P. (1989).
- A further examination of the clearwood properties of radiata pine grown in New Zealand
FRI Bulletin No. 104. Mishiro, A., D. J. Cown and B. G. Walford (1986).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 12. Radiata pine (Pinus radiata D.Don)
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 12, Burdon, R. D. (1992).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 19. The soft pines - Pinus strobus, P. monticola, P. lambertiana, P. ayacahuite, P. wallichiana and related species.
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 19, Miller, E. (2016).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 2. Pinus contorta Loudon - contorta pine
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 2, Miller, J. T. and C. E. Ecroyd (1987).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 10. Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, Pinus ponderosa P. Lawson et Lawson, Pinus jeffreyi Grev. et Balf
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 10, Burdon, R. D., J. T. Miller and F. B. Knowles (1991).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 5. Pinus attenuata Lemmon - knobcone pine
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 5, Miller, J. T. and F. B. Knowles (1988).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 8. Pinus pinaster Aiton - maritime pine
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 8, Knowles, F. B. and J. T. Miller (1989).
- Variable-lift pruning of radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 78, Koehler, A. R. (1984).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 4. Pinus mugo Turra - dwarf mountain pine, Pinus uncinata Mirbel - mountain pine
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 4, Ledgard, N. J. and C. E. Ecroyd (1988).
- Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source, part 1. Pinus nigra Arn. European black pine
FRI Bulletin No. 124, part 1, Miller, J. T. and F. B. Knowles (1986).
- Long-internode or multinodal radiata pine? A financial analysis
FRI Bulletin No. 115, Carson, M. J. (1988).
- Wood properties of radiata pine in some forests of the Bay of Plenty/Taupo region
FRI Bulletin No. 81, Cown, D. J., J. G. Love, D. L. McConchie and C. Colbert (1984).
- Studies on the intrinsic properties of new crop radiata pine - III: Wood characteristics of 10 trees from a 34-year-old stand grown in central North Island
FRI Bulletin No. 80, McConchie, D. L. and D. J. Cown (1984).
- Studies on the intrinsic properties of new-crop radiata pine - II: Wood characteristics of 10 trees from a 24 year old stand grown in central North Island
FRI Bulletin No. 37, Cown, D. J. and D. L. McConchie (1983).
- Studies on the intrinsic properties of new-crop radiata pine - I: Wood characteristics of 10 trees from a 12-year-old stand grown in central North Island
FRI Bulletin No. 36, McConchie, D. L. and D. J. Cown (1983).
- A compatible volume and taper equation for New Zealand Pinus radiata D. Don grown under the direct sawlog regime
FRI Bulletin No. 67, Katz, A., A. G. Dunningham and A. Gordon. (1984)
- Radiata pine: Wood properties survey (revised edition)
FRI Bulletin No. 50 (Second edition), Cown, D. J., D. L. McConchie and G. D. Young (1991).
- A further examination of the clearwood properties of radiata pine grown in New Zealand
FRI Bulletin No. 104, Mishiro, A., D. J. Cown and B. G. Walford (1986)
- Export prospects for radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 136, Bourke, I. J. (1988).
- Field guide to nutrient deficiencies in radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 97 (Supplement), Will, G. M. (1985).
- The mechanical properties of New Zealand-grown radiata pine for export to Australia
FRI Bulletin No. 93, Walford, B. (1985).
- Current knowledge of the in-grade bending strength of New Zealand radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 15, Walford, G. B. (1982).
- Occlusion and the defect core in pruned radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 2, Park, J. C. (1982).
- Predicting diameter-over-stubs in pruned stands of radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 12, Knowles, R. L., G. G. West and A. R. Koehler (1987)
- Wood density prediction for radiata pine logs
FRI Bulletin No. 9. Cown, D. J. and D. L. McConchie (1982).
- Drying radiata pine in New Zealand: Research and commercial aspects
FRI Bulletin No. 206, Haslett, A. N. (1998).
- Model to predict the effects of pruning and early thinning on the growth of radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 5, West, G. G., R. L. Knowles and A. R. Koehler (1982).
- Clear grades of radiata pine timber: Development and evaluation of grading rules
FRI Bulletin No. 1, Whiteside, I. D. (1982).
- Predicting value losses due to resin pockets in timber from pruned radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 6, Park, J. C. and C. E. Parker (1982).
- High-temperature kiln drying of radiata pine sawn timber
FRI Bulletin No. 73, Williams, D. H. and J. A. Kinninmonth (1984).
- Slicing pruned radiata pine in a New Zealand mill
FRI Bulletin No. 126, Somerville, A. and T. K. Gosnell (1987).
- Commercial utilisation study of radiata pine thinnings for sawn timber production
FRI Bulletin No. 116, Haslett, A. N. and D. L. McConchie (1986).
- A sawmill and grade recovery study on P. NIGRA from Karioi State Forest
Timber Utilisation Report No. 8, (1986).
- A wood quality study on PRUNED P. RADIATA BUTT LOGS, Ngaumu State Forest
Timber Utilisation Report No. 4 (1985).
- A sawmill and grade recovery study on P. ponderosa from Karioi State Forest
Timber Utilisation Report No. 5 (1985).
- Regional validation studies of pruned radiata pine butt logs sawn to boards
FRI Bulletin No. 51, Park, J. C. and C. E. Parker (1983).
- Radiata pine plywood - the strength properties of small clear specimens of plywood
FRI Bulletin No. 83, Bier, H. 1984.
- Radiata pine plywood: An experimental study of the bending properties of structural plywood
FRI Bulletin No. 53, Bier, H. 1983.
- Density conversions for radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 49, Collins, M. J. (1983).
- Comparison of the tensile and bending strengths of 100 x 50 mm radiata pine
FRI Bulletin No. 21, Walford, G. B. (1982).
- Bending strength of termite-infested poles from Woodhill
FRI Bulletin No. 68, Walford, G. B. (1984).