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  • Why identify forest owners?
    April 2013
    Presentation to the NZFFA conference 2013 Why identify forest owners? (PDF 410kb) by Hamish Levack and Howard Moore NZFFA AGM April 2013 at Orewa, New Zealand
  • Seminar on forestry organizational reform, 30 September 2011
    September 2011
    More than half a million hectares, which was afforested in New Zealand during the planting boom of the 1990s, and owned by 15,000 small scale forest proprietors, will be ready…

Tree Grower articles

  • Piloting the aggregation of small forests (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore, November 2019
    Many small forests generate disappointing returns which put their owners off replanting and foster the idea that small-scale forestry is uneconomic. It has been happening for a long time. In…
  • Government incentives need to be better aligned if we are to process more wood (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, August 2019
    In 1960, Lindsay Poole, the then Director General of the Forest Service and also a thoughtful member of the NZFFA, said – ‘If exotic forest utilisation is allowed to develop…
  • Options for changing the Cost of Standing Timber provisions (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore, May 2016
    Sections of the Income Tax Act 2007 behave as a barrier to the aggregation of small forests. Aggregation would allow coordinated harvesting, continuity of supply and economies of scale, all…
  • What could have been the future of forestry? (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, November 2015
    After three decades of market triumphalism we can look through the lens of the forestry sector and contemplate the economic upheavals of the late 1980s and early 1990s and their…
  • Options for economies of scale in small forests (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore, May 2015
    In 2011, Dawoon Park at the University of Canterbury studied the economic profitability of 51 small-scale radiata pine forests. Her research showed that the prospects of getting a satisfactory return…
  • Economies of scale in forestry (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, May 2015
    Up to a certain point enterprises obtain cost advantages because of the scale of the operation. The cost per unit of output decreases with the rate that they are produced…
  • United Forestry Group - Is this a better deal for small-scale forest owners when they harvest? (Access: unrestricted)
    Julian Bateson, November 2014
    The United Forestry Group was launched as a new company on 21 August. I was invited to the press briefing and the company launch in Wellington and had the opportunity…
  • It is chaos out there (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore, February 2014
    In 1975 Wink Sutton published his doctoral thesis on global wood supply, which helped confirm him as one of the most far-sighted researchers in New Zealand forestry. I do not…
  • Making a stand by refusing to plant? (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, August 2013
    The Wellington-based team addressing the need to convert the upcoming wall of wood into a reliable non-declining timber yield, published an article about its work in the November 2012 Tree…
  • Collective marketing of Tasmanian blackwood? (Access: unrestricted)
    Wink Sutton, August 2013
    This year’s Farm Forestry AGM was held in the Lower North region. On one of the field day’s we visited Audrey Hay’s farm. While admiring a maturing stand of Tasmanian…
  • The projected peak in the wood supply - A need for action (Access: unrestricted)
    Wink Sutton, February 2013
    The rate of new plantation establishment was low in the late 1980s but became exceptionally high in the early to mid 1990s. In the late 1990s and in the first…
  • Working group for a reliable non-declining timber yield (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore and Hamish Levack, November 2012
    The authors are members of a working group recently set up by the NZFFA to see what might be done to achieve a reliable, non-declining log supply from New Zealand’s…
  • The spike in harvest by woodlot owners - Coming sooner than you think (Access: unrestricted)
    Chris Goulding and Hamish Levack, November 2012
    Most farm foresters and the non-corporate small-scale forest owners are now aware that there will soon be a rapid rise in the number of forest stands available for harvest at…
  • What happened at the seminar on forestry organisational reform (Access: unrestricted)
    Howard Moore, November 2011
    A one-day forestry seminar was held in Wellington on 30 September to exchange ideas with a delegation of French forest owners, forest managers and scientists, along with the Spanish President…
  • Time to worry about the looming wall of wood (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack, November 2011
    New Zealand’s current roundwood harvest is about 21 million cubic metres a year. Based on owners harvesting their pine trees at 28 years, the rotation of maximum theoretical profitability, this…
  • What is the NZFFA’s role in facilitating well designed forestry cooperatives? (Access: unrestricted)
    Hamish Levack and Howard Moore, May 2010
    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…



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