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New Zealand Tree Grower, August 2011

  • Castle Point Station (Access: unrestricted)
    Garth Coulter
    ‘Land, Trees and Community’ was the theme for this conference. An alternative theme could have been ‘Join farm forestry and experience New Zealand’. I congratulate the conference committee for organising…
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce? something very special (Access: unrestricted)
    Jane Evans
    The Pukaha Reserve at Mt Bruce, 30 km north of Masterton, was well worth the 5.30 am wake up call. Although Pukaha means strong winds, we could not have had…
  • Rewanui – land, trees and community encapsulated (Access: unrestricted)
    Harriet Palmer
    On the Tuesday afternoon of the conference, the sun shone and the convoy of buses negotiated a narrow field gate and ambled across a couple of grass paddocks to bring…
  • Paradise regained – the Wairio wetlands (Access: unrestricted)
    Ian Brown
    Forests Forests were how it was when the first people came ashore. Across the ranges that border the great valley, on the rolling hill country in the east, and the…
  • Pirinoa Station (Access: unrestricted)
    Ian Brown
    Settlers In 1840 Charles Heaphy left Port Nicholson, and climbed through thick bush up the western slope of the Rimutaka Range. From the summit he looked down on the Wairaraka…
  • The barrage gates (Access: unrestricted)
    Jenny Brodie
    From Pirinoa Station, the next visit was to view the barrage gates, an integral part of the Lower Wairarapa Valley Development Scheme. Earlier in the day during lunch at the…
  • Homebush ground-durable eucalypt trial (Access: unrestricted)
    Ann Jenkins
    On our way to the Homebush ground durable eucalypt trial we passed the earthworks of Masterton District Council’s land based sewerage system. This trial was set up on Stuart and…
  • Some impressive native trees and Waiorongomai Station (Access: unrestricted)
    Jenny Brodie
    Having viewed the barrage gates it was onwards toward Waiorongomai Station. On route we stopped at the entrance to the Rimutaka Forest Park. Here were featured several impressive mature native…
  • The true cedars – a class act (Access: unrestricted)
    Denis Hocking
    Cedar engenders mixed emotions for many farm foresters. It is, on the one hand, an over-used moniker for a large number of softwoods, mainly with distinctive smells. But the true…
  • A question about log exports (Access: unrestricted)
    Wink Sutton
    During the business section of the 2011 AGM in Masterton earlier this year Allan Laurie asked a very relevant question. Allan’s question was along the lines ‘what are we doing…
  • A new approach to saving elms (Access: unrestricted)
    Rebecca Ganley
    Anyone who has a healthy elm tree on their land can count themselves as lucky. Dutch elm disease, caused by the pathogen Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, has become one of the largest…
  • The cost of doing nothing - ETS dates loom for small forest owners (Access: unrestricted)
    Stuart Orme
    At the risk of sounding repetitive, owners of pre-1990 forestry land are captured by the legislation whether they look for compensatory credits or not. This extends over pines, willows, poplars,…
  • Has New Zealand missed the boat with the members of the Abies genus? (Access: unrestricted)
    Charlie Low
    The members of the Abies genus form an important part of the temperate softwood forests of the northern hemisphere. Abies species from the Pacific north west of America are perhaps…
  • Farm forestry timbers - Local timbers for local markets (Access: unrestricted)
    Dean Satchell
    When it comes to growing special purpose timber species, in every part of the country I hear the same things − Can we sell our logs? Is there a market…
  • Savage storm shreds coastal Hawke’s Bay More trees would reduce future erosion problems (Access: unrestricted)
    Marie Taylor
    The massive April storm which hit coastal Hawke’s Bay in April was a wake-up call. Garth Eyles, the Napier-based land management consultant, said that people were panicking about the damage…
  • Be more informed about the NES (Access: unrestricted)
    Ian Cairns
    Many farm foresters may not know that a National Environmental Standard for plantation forestry (NES) is in preparation. Should the Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith give the green…
  • President's Comment (Access: unrestricted)
    John Dermer
    I hope the winter has treated you all well. Farming returns have certainly improved with increased product prices along with a kind autumn and early winter providing good feed conditions…


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