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  • Towards solid timber production from Eucalyptus nitens
    Dean Satchell, August 2015
    Eucalyptus nitens is a cold hardy hardwood timber species with very fast growth and excellent form. In Canterbury, along with other cooler regions in New Zealand, E. nitens produces high…
  • NZDFI and ground durable eucalypts
    Julian Bateson, August 2015
    On the following pages is a report of the ground durable eucalypt field day in June held in the Wairarapa. It also seemed to be a good idea to remind…
  • Australian forest growers biennial national conference
    John Millet, May 2014
    This conference was held at Gympie in south-east Queensland in October 2013 along with a pre-conference bus tour from Brisbane north to Gympie. Travelling to sub-tropical northern New South Wales…
  • Improving siting recommendations for farm forestry eucalypts using GIS maps
    Angus Gordon, February 2014
    This mapping project set out to collect growth performance data on a range of eucalypt species which were planted in the 2004 species survival trial, project SFF L03-007. All the…
  • Onwards and upwards for the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative
    Harriet Palmer, August 2013
    Around 10 years ago Paul Millen saw the opportunity for locally grown ground durable eucalypts to replace treated pine posts in Marlborough’s vineyards. The market for vineyard posts alone is…
  • Progress with hardwood forestry
    Dean Satchell, May 2013
    The Sustainable Farming Fund-backed work of the Eucalyptus Action Group and farm foresters are producing promising results. Trees from research packs planted 10 years ago around New Zealand are providing…
  • Propagating ground-durable eucalypts using cuttings from coppice
    Mike Menzies, Mike Dibley, Charlie Low and Ruth McConnochie, November 2012
    The Future Forests Research Diversified Species Programme has a number of projects aimed at improving the supply of quality planting stock for growers. Species involved include redwoods, cypress, indigenous species…
  • Dryland Forest Initiative Field day in Marlborough
    Paul Millen, February 2011
    In September last year a group of about 40 gathered at Andrew and Ngaire Lawson’s property. They were all keen to look around the Dryland Forests Initiative’s trials planted a…
  • Timber recovery and economics of short-rotation small-diameter eucalypt forestry
    Dean Satchell & James Turner, February 2011
    The high value and the diversity of end uses for eucalypt hardwood timber are increasingly being recognised. However, the downside is that eucalypts are considered problematic to mill. A new…
  • Eucalyptus cladocalyx ? Adolescent with an attitude problem?
    Denis Hocking, August 2010
    Eucalyptus cladocalyx is not one of the common farm forestry species in New Zealand and has been planted in only limited numbers round the country. There are specimens around but I…
  • Growth and wood from eucalypts in Rotehu forest
    Trevor Jones, August 2010
    The adaptation of different eucalypt species to climatic conditions and the type of wood produced varies widely. The 1980 species demonstration planting at Rotoehu forest, in the Bay of Plenty, provided…
  • A love affair with eucalypts
    Graham Milligan, August 2010
    One of the characteristics of the dedicated farm forester is enthusiasm in attempting to grow a wide range of species outside the ubiquitous radiata pine. This has manifested itself in…
  • Dryland Forests Initiative has funding support for the next few years
    Paul Millen, August 2010
    If we can ensure a future supply of home grown naturally durable eucalypt hardwood it will also help diversify land use, mitigate climate change and reduce soil erosion. Establishing durable…
  • Eucalypts in the sand country
    Denis Hocking, August 2010
    I would not quite say that eucalypts have wound up as my alternative species of choice as a default, but it has been an interesting trip sorting out what good…
  • Eucalypts grown for seed
    Lesley Christian, August 2010
    There is probably no other member of the NZFFA as well known to our membership as Graham Milligan – his booming voice, bushy beard and bare knees make him instantly…
  • A significant step for improved hardwood
    Paul Millen, November 2009
    The New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative has planted its first eucalypt breeding population. This is a significant step towards producing genetically improved, New Zealand grown hardwood. Representatives from the project…
  • The multi-purpose eucalypt trial at Makoura
    Don Bell, May 2009
    The Makoura Stream currently receives all the treated effluent water from the Masterton Sewage Plant. Masterton District Council has lodged a resource consent application to discharge treated effluent water to…
  • More about durable eucalypts for vineyard timber
    Paul Millen, February 2009
    In recent years the Tree Grower has followed the fortunes of a durable eucalypt project I have been working on. The aim is to have treated pine vineyard posts replaced…
  • Alleviating the boredom with eucalypts
    Denis Hocking, November 2008
    The coastal sand country of the south-western North Island is probably one of the easiest places in New Zealand to grow radiata pine. There are few disease or physiological problems,…
  • Eucalypts for vineyards
    Allan Levett, February 2008
    An important workshop for eucalyptus growers in vineyard regions was held on in July last year, significantly in Blenheim, New Zealand’s largest wine-producing centre. Growing ground durable hardwood for vineyard…
  • Ground durable eucalypts for vineyard posts
    Paul Millen, November 2006
    This article provides an update on research being undertaken in Marlborough to identify eucalypt species suitable for short rotation production of ground durable roundwood – timber which would be suitable…
  • Eucalypts for timber: My experience and my floor
    Don Tantrum, November 2006
    I began planting eucalypts about 30 years ago. I soon discovered that not all I wished to grow did grow. The Taihape climate soon curbed my enthusiasm. I will not…
  • Use of New Zealand grown eucalypts
    Richard Davies-Colley, November 2006
    The development of industries using eucalypt timber is still in its infancy in New Zealand. We have only small areas of mixed species, limited knowledge of the product and therefore…
  • Health issues with eucalypts
    Denis Hocking, November 2006
    Health issues with eucalypts fall into three main categories – insect pests, foliar disease and root diseases caused by fungi and Phytophthora species. While insect pests tend to get the…
  • Pests and eastern blue gums in the Manawatu
    James Milner, November 2006
    The arrival of new eucalypt pests in New Zealand has caused many farm foresters to abandon species which have proved to be particularly vulnerable, including eastern blue gums such as…
  • Eucalypt species trials in the Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay
    Luigi Gea and Tony Shelbourne, November 2006
    There is interest among New Zealands small growers in growing eucalypts for sawn timber.  Recent research funded by FRST has concentrated on species introduction and testing of a group of…
  • Pruning and thinning eucalyptus - Stringybark eucalypt silviculture
    Dean Satchell, November 2006
    Equipped with a harness, pole-pruner and ladder Silviculture of eucalypts for solid-timber requires some understanding of the tree and the timber. That is, a level of skill and knowledge guiding…

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