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  • Why I became, and remain, a clearwood advocate: Wink Sutton's Blog, October 04, 2019
    Only recently have I become aware of the concept of unique special product or proposal. However, I now realise that for most of my forestry life I have been seeking…
  • Live radiata pine stem needles must be removed at pruning: Wink Sutton's Blog, November 28, 2018
    On a recent Bay of Plenty field day, questions were asked about the need to remove live stem needles at the time of pruning. If live stem needles are not…
  • Is there a case for timely pruning?: Wink Sutton's Blog, May 29, 2018
    Two principles have emerged from a lifetime of plantation management research − That the size and the quality of trees at harvest are determined by the decisions at the time of…
  • How Should We Manage Our Radiata Pine?: Denis Hocking's blog, May 21, 2017
    At a couple of recent conferences we have had speakers urging higher stocking rates to increase total recoverable volume and returns from plantations. A recent paper by John Moore &…
  • Forests take little from the soil: Wink Sutton's Blog, February 27, 2017
    Particularly since the conversion or trashing of second or third rotation radiata stands to make room for dairy farming, we no longer hear claims along the lines that stands of…
  • Plantations can be very productive: Wink Sutton's Blog, November 29, 2016
    On a visit to Poland in 2006 one of my Polish forester hosts was adamant that plantations of non-indigenous trees could not be as productive as plantations of indigenous trees.…
  • Monocultures are natural: Wink Sutton's Blog, August 29, 2016
    Some environmentalists have criticised plantations because they are almost always monocultures. Monocultures are claimed to be unnatural. Are they? Is there evidence that monocultures do not occur in nature. This…
  • We need intensively managed plantations: Wink Sutton's Blog, May 29, 2016
    Wood is the world’s only environmentally friendly and sustainable raw material. There are current global proposals for a significant increase in wood use such as in the manufacture of biofuels and…
  • Radiata pine wood quality: Denis Hocking's blog, June 20, 2014
    Radiata pine may be an easy and productive timber species for us to grow, but it has long been recognised that the timber does have a number of quality problems.…
  • Radiata pine not Pinus radiata: Wink Sutton's Blog, November 29, 2013
    When I first joined forestry in the late fifties, radiata pine was regularly called either insignis pine or by its botanical name, Pinus insignis. It was not uncommon for the…
  • A question about log exports: Wink Sutton's Blog, August 30, 2011
    During the business section of the 2011 AGM in Masterton earlier this year Allan Laurie asked a very relevant question. Allan’s question was along the lines ‘what are we doing…
  • Initial spacing in radiata pine: Wink Sutton's Blog, May 29, 2007
    Recent silvicultural improvements, such as seed source – almost all seed now comes from seed orchards – nursery practice, tree handling, planting methods, weed control and the adoption of regimes…

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