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New Zealand Tree Grower, February 2010

  • Wairarapa farm forestry
    Allan Levett
    Of the 600,000 hectares in the Wairarapa there are 244,000 hectares of mudstone hills, 112,000 hectares of argillite and 125,000 hectares of steep shattered greywacke on which tree planting is…
  • Wairarapa land use and land cover
    Stan Braaksma
    Wairarapa region is divided into three broad geographic zones – the western Tararua mountains and foothills, the central plains and lowlands and the eastern hill country. The Tararua range, running…
  • The consumption dilemma
    Wink Sutton
    The environmentally minded are extremely disappointed that so little was achieved at Copenhagen. Given that all the major players were politicians it was naïve to expect an international agreement to…
  • Woodlots in the Wairarapa
    Nick Bevin
    Woodlots, planted on small areas of land retired from traditional farming, involve an increasing number of farm forestry members. Species include higher value trees managed in small coupes for timber…
  • Castlepoint and trees
    Peter Laing
    Castlepoint Station, like much of the Wairarapa Coast, was developed into grassland production predominantly out of scrub rather than bush. Peter Laing, manager of the Station for nearly 50 years,…
  • Trees beside the mighty Buller
    Vivienne McLean
    Claire and Terry Gavin in front of a stand of poplar Eridano – the larger ones were planted in 2002 Terry and Claire Gavin might live and work in Nelson…
  • Macrocarpa – The fatal flaw
    Ian Brown
    The Waikato is a graveyard for macrocarpa. Here in warmth and humidity we live in fungal paradise. The old spreading farm trees that are a feature of our rural landscape…
  • Cypress hybrids
    Charlie Low
    Hybrids occurring naturally between cypress species can offer commercial advantages over either of the parent species. Some accidental inter-genus hybrids such as Leylands and Ovensii have been vegetatively deployed for…
  • A Canadian tree breeder’s view on cypresses in New Zealand
    John Russell
    My daughter and I arrived on a damp and chilly afternoon in early July at the Gavins’ farm on the Buller River. Terry and Claire met us in the ubiquitous…
  • Yellow cedar in British Columbia
    John Russell and Jodie Krakowski
    Yellow cedar or Alaska cypress, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis, has long been valued by North American coastal indigenous people as a source of fibre for mats, baskets and clothing. It is also a durable…
  • A new plan for cypresses
    H S Dungey, J Russell, C B Low and G T Stovold
    Cypresses are popular with growers and end users alike due to their attractive wood and relatively easy processing properties. Cypresses are generally medium to low density with little variation from pith…
  • Macrocarpa and cypresses in general
    Don Tantrum
    I was asked to write something for the cypress feature although I am sure that much of it has been written before. This brief article is based on my conclusions…
  • Foliage sampling season begins in February
    Murray Davis and Jianming Xue
    Foliage analysis is needed to determine the nutrient status of a forest crop. This analysis is to identify the cause of a nutrient disorder or poor vigour, or to confirm…
  • A new deal for forestry proposed by the Green Party
    Catherine Delahunty
    The Green Party asked if they could have an article in Tree Grower to show farm foresters what they would like to do to encourage investment in forests to boost the economy…
  • Turning MAF policy into profit
    Stuart Orme
    This is the first in a series of articles about forests and carbon. Future articles will look at compensatory payments of credits to pre-1990 forest owners, tax implications and how…
  • Combined Action Group weekend a great educational choice
    Ian Brown and Dean Satchell
    The Hawkes Bay group were hosts for the combined action group weekend in October last year. The field day focussed mainly on eucalypts and redwood. Eucalypts We visited the McNeil…
  • President's Comment
    Patrick Milne
    A new decade It is a new decade and a good excuse to look back ten years and see how things have changed over that period. Looking at the February…

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