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New Zealand Tree Grower, August 2012

  • Conference visit to Chardale
    Chester Holmes
    Chardale is a gem of a property at Hillend just north of Balclutha – and the South Pole. Owned by Allan Roulston, it has been in the family since 1919,…
  • Singing the Cullen song
    Nick Ledgard
    While returning to Telford in the bus after a dinner during the recent conference in Balclutha, we sang songs and told jokes. With due respect to the fine voices of…
  • Verterburn Station
    James Barton
    On Friday 13 April four busloads of attendees of the conference visited Verterburn Station, where they were hosted by Robert, Jill and Andrew Reid. Located about 25 km west of…
  • The gilded lily of Tuapeka West
    Dennys Guild
    The road to Mark and Marjorie Hay’s farm, called Glenayr Farm, is very inappropriately called Athenaeum Road. Athenaeum is one of those odd words borrowed from the Romans by the…
  • The way to a bee’s heart is through its stomach
    Murray Mannall
    This is moment when real men learn to love flowers. Bees need flowers, lots of them. The nectar in the flowers contains sugars for energy, and the pollen provides protein,…
  • Permanent Forest Sink Initiative and trees for protection and profit
    Mark Belton
    Forestry is often seen as a threat to farming communities, especially where entire hill country farms are sold up and planted wall-to-wall with radiata pine. However, there are many roles…
  • Is your forest sunk by carbon?
    Matt Hanna
    Valuing a forest for sale before the ETS was introduced was a two-part story of land and trees. Now post-1990 forest owners have to consider what value carbon in their…
  • Wooden windows – a missed opportunity?
    Wink Sutton
    Our house in Rotorua was built in 1969. It has single pane glass windows in wooden frames. Although winter condensation is only a minor problem, when it does occur it…
  • Importance of snow damage in New Zealand forest management
    John Wardle
    The heavy snow fall in Canterbury in June this year, along with the heavy snow of August 2011 causing damage to some forests in the Wellington and Upper Hutt area,…
  • Risk issues associated with the ownership of forest land
    Blue Hancock
    This article will look at some of the more prominent and unusual risks associated with the ownership of forest land. I have a 30-year background in rural land valuation, specialising…
  • Risk management A farm forester’s perspective
    Anders Crofoot
    Trees are a crop, and as with all crops there are a variety of risks. The risks vary not only with the season, but with the age of the crop.…
  • Risk and opportunity in forestry
    Geraint Bermingham and Kevin Oldham
    If the last few years have taught us anything it is the notion that risk and uncertainty are a reality for anyone interested in future value. Some things may have…
  • Science based redwood clone selection
    Wade Cornell
    Redwood has become a bit more popular as a species to plant in recent years. If your aim is to plant redwood as erosion control on a hillside and never…
  • Sell now, harvest later - Bring forward your forest cash receipts
    Howard Moore
    Section EI 1 of the Income Tax Act 2007 allows anyone selling standing timber to spread their income for tax purposes. That is useful, but it may be more useful…
  • A message about the ETS - Get informed, get involved or get hamstrung
    Stuart Orme
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has recently been highlighted in the media as the government announced a number of changes to be implemented in legislation to be passed later this…
  • Farm Forestry Timbers - Local timber for local markets
    Dean Satchell
    The NZFFA now has a new nationwide branch – Farm Forestry Timbers. This branch will act as a national industry body representing the interests of local specialty timber producers and…
  • The passing of Mr Poplar - Chris van Kraayenoord
    Denis Hocking
    New Zealand recently lost one of its most notable tree and land use researchers with the death, on 21 January, of Chris van Kraayenoord. Chris, commonly known as Mr Poplar,…
  • Realising the opportunities for biofuels and bioproducts
    Peter Morgan
    The one-day conference I attended was mainly about bringing together as many existing and potential stakeholders in all areas of bio-activity as they relate to the forest industry sector. Presentations…
  • President's Comment
    Ian Jackson
    As we move through the winter months, the economic outlook looks rather gloomy, with the value of all primary products down and no improvement likely any time soon. However, we…

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