Indigenous species - Information resources
- Establishing native hardwood trees for timber
NZFFA Information leaflet No. 24 (2005). There is in New Zealand a constant demand for high quality wood products made from native species, including hardwoods, principally for joinery, furniture and the…
- Natives for Timber or Amenity
Nothing can be more rewarding for a forester than creating and nurturing a native plantation from 10 years on their size, growth rate, form and rapid maturation looks and feels…
- Growing NZ Beech for timber
In this page: Site selection for beech How many should I plant Pruning beech Thinning beech New Zealand has five native beech species, commonly known as red, black, silver, mountain…
- Growing totara for timber
In this page: Site selection for Planted totara How many should I plant? Pruning totara Thinning totara Totara (Podocarpus totara) is one of New Zealand’s most easily grown native species.…
- Wardle’s Native Trees of New Zealand
Wardle, J., & Platt, I. p. (2011). Wellington: Bateson Publishing.
A comprehensive and accessible guide with over 300 colour photographs. Each tree species is described and illustrated, and the botanical and ecological details are supplemented with information about their uses. Order your copy »
- Bush Vitality Assessment
Janssen, H. (2006). Bush Vitality Assessment (revised edition). New Zealand: Helmut Janssen.
A visual assessment kit for native bush, especially small remnant areas. Also has information on establishing new forest, the use of exotics, and erosion control.
- Expanding economic viability for sustainably managed indigenous beech forests
Donnelly, R. H. (2011). Expanding Economic Viability for Sustainably Managed Indigenous Beech Forests. Christchurch: NZ School of Forestry.
Comprehensive report focusing on markets and the market potential for indigenous beech. SFF project 05/048, co-funded by University of Canterbury, NZFFA, Maori Trustee.
- Indigenous forestry: Sustainable Management
NZ Ministry of Forestry, & NZ Farm Forestry Association. (1998). Indigenous Forestry: Sustainable Management. Wellington, NZ: NZ Ministry of Forestry.
Handbook, general guide to principles and practice of indigenous forestry; focus on management of existing forest. Covers all aspects (but now being superceded by Tane’s Tree Trust publications).
- Farming with Native Trees: A guide for farmers from Northland to Waikato.
NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 5
Mike Dodd and Helen Ritchie (eds)
Practical advice plus a range of case studies from the northern North Island but relevant to other areas.
- Kauri: ecology, establishment, growth and management.
NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 2
David Bergin and Greg Steward
Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. Best current information on all aspects of growing and utilising kauri
- Native forest restoration: A practical guide for landowners
Porteous, T. (1993). Native Forest Restoration: A practical guide for landowners. Welliington, NZ: Queen ELizabeth the Second National Trust.
Very useful practical handbook. Mostly covers environmental restoration but much detail on propagation, site preparation, planting and maintenance.
- Native Trees: Planting and early management for wood production, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 3
Bergin, D., & Gea, L. (2005) New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 3 (pp. 44). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. Best current information on all aspects of growing and utilising most important native species.
- New Zealand’s Native Trees
Dawson, J., & Lucas, R. (2012). New Zealand's Native Trees. New Zealand: Craig Potton Publishing.
Award-winning book: comprehensive coverage and botanical photos of all NZ’s native species.
- Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation, Vol. 3: Native Plants
Hathaway R.L. (1986) Vol 3: Native Plants. Wellington: National Soil and Water Conservation Authority.
Using native plants for soil conservation.
- Pohutukawa: ecology, establishment, growth and management, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 4
Bergin, D., & Hosking, G. (2006) Pohutakawa: Ecology, establishment, growth and management. New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin Series No. 4 (pp. 104). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Accessible, practical information produced in full colour. More on conservation / ecological values than other bulletins in this series but does have details of timber use, growth and forestry potential.
- Sherry river native plant establishment: ‘Best bet’ guidelines.
Nick Ledgard and David Henley, 2009. Scion, PO Box 29237, Fendalton, Christchurch
A practical, well-illustrated 8-page guide designed specifically for inland northern South Island – but basic principles would apply to most sites.
- Planting and Managing Native Trees: Tane’s Tree Trust Technical Handbook
2011, Tane’s Tree Trust.
Comprehensive set of full-colour notes covering various aspects of indigenous forestry. Focus on establishment of new plantations. Regularly updated and added to.
- The Native Trees of New Zealand
Salmon, J. T. (1986). The Native Treees of New Zealand: Reed Methuen.
- The New Zealand Beeches: Ecology, utilisation and management
Wardle, J. (1984). Wellington: NZ Forest Service.
Slightly out of date on management aspects but excellent for ecology of the beeches.
- The New Zealand beeches: establishment, growth and management, NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 6
Smale, S., Bergin, D., & Steward, G. (2012). New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 6 (pp. 64). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Full colour handbook covering all NZ’s beech species. Incudes management of natural stands and some information on establishing new plantations. Best available information on all aspects of growing and utilising the beech species.
- Totara: establishment, growth and management NZ Indigenous Tree Bulletin No.1
Bergin, D. (2003). New Zealand Indigenous Tree Bulletin No. 1 (pp. 40). Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
Full colour handbook: practical advice on growing and managing totara in NZ.
- Totara: Existing uses and market development opportunities for naturally regenerating totara timber
Quinlan, P., & Northland Totara Working Group. (2011). NZ Landcare Trust. Sustainable Farming Fund. Northland Totara Working Group.
Comprehensive report with practical information about harvesting, processing and marketing totara. Northland focus but relevant elsewhere. SFF project (L10/145).
- Alternatives to heart kauri for boat-building: Bending properties of planks of clear and finger-jointed radiata pine and second-growth kauri
FRI Bulletin No. 27, Parker, J. R. (1983).
- The Seasoning of New Zealand Beech Species
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 14, R.K. Bagnall (1971).
- The Air Drying of Beech in Westland and Nelson
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 9, NC Clifton (1968).
- The Utilisation of Hard Beech (a) Sawing Studies at Three West Coast Sawmills
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 54, JC Vaney, RK Bagnall, DR Page (1976).
- The Utilisation of Hard Beech (b) Application of a four Stage Seasoning Schedule
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 55, JC Vaney (1976).
- The Utilisation of Hard Beech (c) Suitability for Manufactured Products
Utilisation Development Division Report No. 56, JC Vaney, RK Bagnall, REJ Docking (1976).
- Riccarton Bush: Putaringamotu
Brian Molloy (ed) 1995
Detailed description of managing a bush block, including excellent ecological history of Canterbury.
- Standards and Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Indigenous Forests (3rd edition)
NZ Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). (2007). (3 ed.). Rotorua: Indigenous Forestry Unit, MAF Policy. (The framework for MAF (now MPI) sustainable forest management plans and permits).
Farm Forestry - Headlines
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- Forest Owners says extra planting ‘just as well’ given slippage on carbon reduction targets
Friday, October 15, 2021
The Forest Owners Association is saying that foresters’ intentions to plant more trees is an immediate and practical insurance against New Zealand not achieving greenhouse gas reduction goals. The Association…
- EDS attack on forestry ignores threat of climate change
Friday, September 17, 2021
The forest industry is calling a media statement from the Environmental Defence Society an ill-informed rant against forestry which ignores the threat of climate change. Forest Owners Association President, Phil…
- East Coast Councils’ anti-forestry drive environmentally and economically destructive
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Foresters are calling a proposed anti-forestry coalition of local bodies a prejudiced step backwards in time and destructive for their communities both environmentally and economically. The mayors of Tararua and…
- Recognition for Forestry's Highest Achievers in 2021.
Monday, August 23, 2021
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) has announced the winners of its prestigious 2021 awards. In what has been an exceptionally volatile year for many, the forestry sector remains a significant…
- Forest Owners welcome Te Uru Rakau appointment
Monday, August 09, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says the appointment of Jason Wilson to head Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, is absolutely appropriate for the huge challenges and opportunities facing…
- Foresters say afforestation report raises more questions than it answers
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says the Beef+Lamb commissioned survey on forest planting rates is nowhere near robust nor detailed enough to draw a conclusion that the government should impose controls…
- Pressure mounting across entire forestry supply chain as port build ups highlight issues
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Forestry Industry Contractors Association (FICA) is calling for an all of forestry strategy to deal with the mounting pressure on the entire forestry supply chain, currently being highlighted by build-ups…
- Forest Owners sharing primary sector concerns
Thursday, July 15, 2021
The Forest Owners Association is sympathising with some farmer frustrations over the pace of regulations being imposed on the primary sector. Forest Owners Association President Phil Taylor says the time…
- Forest Owners say production trees are potentially farming’s biggest friend
Tuesday, July 06, 2021
The President of the Forest Owners Association has told delegates to the Primary Industries Summit in Christchurch that forestry offers many opportunities for farmers. He said trees versus food production…
- Commission’s ETS change risks forest planting targets
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
The forest industry says the Climate Change Commission is risking forest planting rates by stating that the current Emissions Trading Scheme ‘will incentivise more production forestry than needed.’ The final…
- Forest owners say forests are productive and vital in meeting climate change goals
Monday, May 17, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says the Federated Farmers’ call for the government to restrict forest planting ranks as an unnecessary intrusion on the right of farmers to plant trees on…
- Te Uru Rakau – NZ Forest Service explores biofuels as a major opportunity for New Zealand
Monday, May 10, 2021
Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is laying the foundations for a new biofuels industry, to turn forestry waste into a potential billion-dollar industry, and working on a…
- KTM Supreme Winner at Forestry Awards
Monday, May 10, 2021
The best of best in the region’s forestry industry were toasted at a sell-out Southern North Island Wood Council Training Awards dinner last night. The supreme winner, found from the…
- Greater role for a public forestry service
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Media Statement from Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Forestry A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by the Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional…
- Expansion of Forest Service role a vital move
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says the just announced creation of Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service heralds the potential to fix vital bottlenecks in the initial stages of the forest industry…
- Plantation forestry ranks best for land use
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The just released Ministry for the Environment’s latest environmental report scores exotic forestry highly for its low impact on soils. The MfE report identified exotic forests as the land use by far…
- The NZIF Foundation Awards & Scholarship Applications Now Open
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The NZIF Foundation is offering the following awards in 2021: Future Forest Scholarship for post graduate research of up to $10,000 Up to two scholarships available Otago Southland Award One or…
- Foresters celebrate scooping primary industry awards
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The Forest Owners Association says taking out three of the four category prizes in the Primary Industries’ Good Employer Awards this week is a sign the forest sector has come…
- Log supply not the cause of timber shortage
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Forest organisations have joined to reject statements that the current shortage of framing timber is caused by foresters selling logs to China and not leaving enough timber to be processed…
- Farm Foresters fired up to play a role in land use issues.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Farm foresters are now excited and fully informed to play a role in helping role solve NZ land use issues says the incoming association president, Graham West. They have just…