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  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2018 - Ken and Robyn Ferguson
    May 2018
    Ken and Robyn’s picturesque farm Waipuna is nestled alongside the Grey River on the West Coast and consists of 1,000 hectares of flat pasture and 850 hectares of indigenous forest.…
  • West Coast forest maps
    Michael Orchard, November 2010
    Forestry is a practical land based science, and tools to help in its management are essential. Aerial forest photographs or maps are one of the most important of these, as…
  • New land clearing and preparation for dairying
    Michael Orchard, November 2010
    Dairying is now the major industry on the West Coast, with an independent co-operative dairy company Westland Milk Products based in Hokitika. It is a multi-million dollar core industry of…
  • A passion for trees
    Catherine van Paassen, May 2010
    We have just over 17 hectares near Hokitika with about half planted in forest. Most of it is Eucalyptus nitens, some as shelterbelts and some thinned at 12 to 15…
  • Way down south at Whataroa
    John Spencer, May 2010
    John Spencer of South Westland has been a long term member of the Westland branch. He undertakes traditional farming at his property near Whataroa. It is a high rainfall area…
  • Down on the farm or forest
    West Coast branch members, May 2010
    West Coasters plant trees for pleasure, profit and keeping warm. An old adage here is − plant your first 10 hectares in radiata and you can put what you like in…
  • A physical description of the West Coast
    David Eastwood, May 2010
    The West Coast of the South Island is a distinctive region of New Zealand with unique geological, climatic, vegetation and social characteristics. It lies between 41 and 44 degrees south…
  • Farm forestry with a difference
    Michael Orchard, May 2010
    A history of trees With a history of gold mining then coal mining, sawmilling and forest clearing for agriculture, the West Coast has been very lucky to have had a…


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