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New Zealand Tree Grower, May 2010

  • Lindsay and Dixon’s beech harvesting operation
    Ian Campbell
    The day started well with an address to the conference at breakfast time from Bernie Lagan, co-owner of Lindsay and Dixon. Bernie outlined to us the type of operation we…
  • Improving forest inventory for the woodlot owner
    Chris Goulding and Marika Fritzsche
    Forestry is unusual compared with other crops in that planning should be carried out over the long term. The boom in new planting in the 1990's was carried out mainly by…
  • Breeding – getting the most from radiata pine
    John Walker
    The best trees are tall, fat and straight – and in the best of all possible worlds they will be pruned and be at least 30 years old. This has…
  • Radiata pine silviculture in Chile
    Donald Mead
    This article is based on a visit to Chile in April and May 2009, visiting Instituto Forestal and forest companies near Concepcion and Valdivia. Chile has about 1.5 million hectares…
  • Mapping the productivity of radiata pine
    David Palmer, Michael Watt, Mark Kimberley, Barbara Höck, Tim Payn and David Low
    Forest owners, investors and policy makers all want to know the spread and productivity of New Zealand’s current and future radiata plantation. David Palmer, a geo-spatial analyst at Scion, has…
  • Using Forecaster to maximise your forest investment
    Jeremy Snook
    Forecaster is a software system used to estimate the value of tree crop returns based on predicted log out-turns. It works by modelling the effects of site, silviculture and genetics…
  • What is the NZFFA’s role in facilitating well designed forestry cooperatives?
    Hamish Levack and Howard Moore
    In general woodlot owners do not access the best advice, do not manage their woodlots well, and do not receive optimal income when their trees are harvested − unless they…
  • Farm forestry with a difference
    Michael Orchard
    A history of trees With a history of gold mining then coal mining, sawmilling and forest clearing for agriculture, the West Coast has been very lucky to have had a…
  • A physical description of the West Coast
    David Eastwood
    The West Coast of the South Island is a distinctive region of New Zealand with unique geological, climatic, vegetation and social characteristics. It lies between 41 and 44 degrees south…
  • Down on the farm or forest
    West Coast branch members
    West Coasters plant trees for pleasure, profit and keeping warm. An old adage here is − plant your first 10 hectares in radiata and you can put what you like in…
  • Way down south at Whataroa
    John Spencer
    John Spencer of South Westland has been a long term member of the Westland branch. He undertakes traditional farming at his property near Whataroa. It is a high rainfall area…
  • Allocation or exemption opportunity
    Stuart Orme
    You have twelve months from the 1 July this year to apply for your pre 1990 forest allocation of compensation credits, or to apply for a future deforestation exemption. With…
  • A passion for trees
    Catherine van Paassen
    We have just over 17 hectares near Hokitika with about half planted in forest. Most of it is Eucalyptus nitens, some as shelterbelts and some thinned at 12 to 15…
  • Trees are the Answer
    Wink Sutton
    Trees are the answer. This slogan was first advocated by Dr Patrick Moore, one the original founders of Greenpeace. Patrick is now head of Greenspirit, a Canadian pro- forestry environmental…
  • President's Comment
    John Dermer
    My first duty as the incoming president is to thank Patrick Milne - our previous president for all the work he has done for the NZFFA over the last three…

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