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Alternatives to Pine on your farm - free field days

Want to grow some trees on your farm, but not pines?  Come and see some great examples at free field days starting in March.

Learn about the benefits of planting alternative species.

NZ Farm Forestry members will share their experiences of what grows well and where, success and failure, costs and returns.  They are showcasing farm forestry in 20 locations across the country.

Hosted by the NZFFA, with support from Te Uru Rākau – NZ Forest Service, the first 3-hour field days will be held on:

14 March Balclutha
16 March Greymouth
21 March Gisborne
21 March Whanganui
21 March Waikanae/Paraparaumu
23 March Rangiora
23 March Winton
24 March Taupo
27 March Te Puke
28 March Masterton
20 April Nelson
29 May  Wellsford
11 May  Bulls
27 June Hastings
5 May Otorohanga
31 May Marlborough
1 June Kerikeri
8 June Raethihi
9 June Te Horo
29 June Gore
TBA Ashburton


Enrol here. Everyone is welcome.

Further Information here

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AgFirst Field Day - Tangowahine Valley

Thursday 30 May 2024 1pm Avoca Hall

Tangowahine landowners and community are invited to a workshop covering targeted (non-blanket) forestry options for their land.

At this field day, funded by Kaipara Moana Remediation (KMR), we will explore the funding opportunities available for Tangowahine landowners to plant trees and retire erodible sections of land whilst still maintaining a viable farming operation.

Significant funding opportunities are available for landowners in the Kaipara Catchment, for fencing and also planting. Funding is available not only for riparian planting but afforestation of large erosion prone areas. These can be established for timber production or permanent retirement with selected species (not Pinus-radiata).

Topics covered on the day:

  1. How to access KMR matching funding for fencing and planting.
  2. Information on best practice, planting, harvesting, pest and weed control.
  3. Resource consent considerations for planting steep ‘Red Zone’ land.
  4. Opportunities for earning carbon credits from plantings including poplar.
  5. When harvesting trees what do you need to consider before selecting areas to plant?
  6. What are the pros and cons of different tree species to plant?
  7. Continuous Cover Forests. Delivering long term carbon revenue whilst selectively harvesting timber using modern harvesting techniques.

Presenters include:

  • Peter Davies-Colley - Northland President of NZ Farm Forestry Association and innovative logging contractor
  • Dean Satchell - Senior Forestry Service Advisor MPI
  • Duncan Kervell - Land & Catchment Management Expert

The day will be facilitated by AgFirst Northland on behalf of KMR. And will be held in Avoca Hall, 853 Avoca Rd, Tangowahine on Thursday 30th May, 1pm – 4pm.

Contact James Parsons to register or for more information. 021 2063208

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