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Douglas fir

  • The Douglas-fir dilemma: Exploiting a reluctance to reproduce in the fight against wildings (Access: NZFFA membership)
    Cathie Reeves, May 2020
    Douglas-fir are notorious for their tendency to turn feral and spread themselves into places they are not wanted. Unfortunately, this ability to run wild limits where they can be planted,…
  • Golden Downs forest Douglas-fir trial (Access: unrestricted)
    November 2018
    The following half dozen pages are the remaining the articles on the field days from the NZFFA Nelson conference earlier this year. The conference field days are very important, educational…
  • Testing the strength of Douglas-fir cross-laminated timber (Access: unrestricted)
    Minghao Li and Harriet Palmer, November 2018
    Douglas fir is New Zealand’s second most popular plantation species with a total current planted area of around 104,000 hectares. Renowned as a structural timber, Douglas fir has been generally overlooked…
  • Douglas fir and Swiss needle cast (Access: unrestricted)
    Patrick Milne, May 2015
    Douglas fir, with upwards of 110,000 hectares planted, is New Zealand’s second most commonly planted forest tree. Often referred to as Oregon pine, it is now mostly planted on higher altitude…
  • Ernslaw One Douglas fir plantation (Access: unrestricted)
    Chris Bossley, August 2010
    Over lunch at Dipton Hall, on yet another fine day with the usual apologies from the locals for the weather, we were told about Ernslaw One’s vision for Douglas fir.…
  • Understanding the stability of Douglas fir timber (Access: unrestricted)
    Author not published, August 2007
    Douglas fir has a history within the building industry as strong, stiff and stable timber, ideal for structural applications. Different interpretations of good stability can be given such as low…
  • Douglas fir – Southern gold (Access: unrestricted)
    Phil De La Mare and Matt Hitchings, August 2007
    Ernslaw One has a planted forest area of 85,000 hectares, of which 13,000 hectares are planted in Douglas fir in Otago and Southland. There has always been a history of…
  • Douglas fir – Grows well and reproduces well (Access: unrestricted)
    Nick Ledgard, August 2007
    Over the last decade, southern New Zealand has seen more new land planting of Douglas fir than any other tree species – including radiata pine. The reason is because it…
  • Responding to moisture: How do Douglas fir and radiata compare? (Access: unrestricted)
    Andrew Karalus, August 2007
    Three research projects undertaken for the Douglas fir Cooperative have set out to quantify the differences between Douglas fir and radiata pine in terms of the responses to moisture by…
  • Standing up for Douglas fir (Access: unrestricted)
    Andrew Karalus, August 2007
    It seems as if it were only yesterday that a coalition of the willing formed the Forestry Industry Action Group to submit against the Building Industry Association leaky homes proposal…

Grand fir

  • A short guide to grand fir - Abies grandis (Access: NZFFA membership)
    NZFFA, November 2021
    You are probably aware of the species guides we prepared for helping new growers understand which tree species would probably do well on which sites. We produced 23 of them…
  • Abies - An update on the Low-down (Access: NZFFA membership)
    Howard Moore, November 2021
    Back in August 2011 Charlie Low wrote a comprehensive article in the Tree Grower about northern hemisphere firs. Reading it I was reminded of the child who when asked for…
  • Has New Zealand missed the boat with the members of the Abies genus? (Access: unrestricted)
    Charlie Low, August 2011
    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…


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