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June, 2016

Report: Pathways to Building Code compliance for farm-totara timber

Backed by the Sustainable Farming Fund, Tanes Tree Trust and NZFFA, this report explores opportunities for Building Code compliance that would lead to market development and greatly increase the potential value of the resource to land-owners.

Totara is a prominent feature of the rural Northland pastoral landscape, typically regenerating on erosion-prone pastoral hill country and favouring lower-quality pastures. Because it is relatively unpalatable to grazing stock, 'farm-totara' regenerates so prolifically that many pastoral landowners have regarded it as a weed. However, over the last century or more substantial areas of dense second-growth totara-dominated stands have developed with the potential to be managed as a sustainable resource, complementing the existing pastoral farming land use. More >>

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