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Newsletter 81, May 2015

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New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
P.O. Box 10349
The Terrace

Wellington 6143

Farm Forestry Newsletter
   May 2015  No. 81
In this issue

Afforestation Grant Scheme 2015

Announcement on Specialty Wood Products Partnership

Future Forests Research members update

Bioenergy news - "Bioflash"

Growing a new link with history

Species calculators




Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell

National Office
Association Manager Glenn Tims
Phone: 04 4720432



Past President
Ian Jackson
-South Canterbury
-North Otago

-Sthn High Country (north)

Angus Gordon

-Taupo & Districts
-Middle Districts
-Hawkes Bay

Neil Cullen
-Mid Otago
-South Otago
-Men of Trees
-Sthn High Country (south)

Hamish Levack
-Gisborne East Coast

Patrick Milne

-West Coast
-Central Canterbury
-North Canterbury

Peter Berg

-Lower North

-Bay of Plenty

Don Wallace



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NZFFA Life Member, Richard Davies-Colley passed away peacefully in Whangarei Hospital on Wednesday 20th May 2015.
Richard was a long time Mid-Northland branch member and a former National President of the Association. He was involved with the recent national conference held in Whangarei and most delegates would have had a chance to catch up with him.
He will be sorely missed both by his immediate family and the wider Farm Forestry family.
Richard’s funeral will be held at Barge Park, Whangarei on Saturday 23rd May, 2015 at 1.30pm.

From: Bob Stewart
Message: I am a private forestland owner (tree farmer) is SW Washington and will be vacationing in NZ in February 2016. I have a special interest and experience in Coast Redwood and agroforestry. I would like to contact several of your NZFFA members that might like to collaborate on forest farming and coast redwood silviculture practices. Could you get me in contact with anyone sharing such interests?

Latest headlines

Growing Confidence in Forestry's Future (GCFF) Research Programme:   Download the GCFF Newsletter: Issue 3, May 2015 [650 Kb PDF]:

  • Is there a productivity gap in radiata pine and how big is it?
  • Wood quality sampling in Atiamuri
  • Woodhill long-term site productivity trial - an early look at what has happened to the soil resources
  • Boost to planted forest water quality research

Scion on the farm: At the recent Farm Forestry Association conference Scion scientists provided new information and resources to the attendees – and here it is again if you missed it.

Scion scientists were out in force during the two field days of the 59th Annual Farm Forestry Association conference, providing updates on recent and ongoing research carried out under levy-funded programmes, as well as the general operations of Scion. Presentations were made on a wide range of topics relevant to farm foresters, from advances in woodlot and soil management to research with native forest species to biocontrol efforts and everything in between. The attendees were highly engaged with the presentations, as in some cases the questions and answer sessions lasted much longer than the actual presentations. If you couldn’t make it to the conference you won’t miss out because copies of these presentations and related resources are now available from the following website, as are the contact details of the Scion presenters.

How much wood has my woodlot got?
Scion seeks small woodlot owners to help test a new tool that will provide simple recommendations to assist management of small-scale forest stands.

Decision support tools that provide management recommendations are commonly used in large-scale forestry enterprises, but are used much less frequently in the management of small-scale forest stands. One of the reasons for this is the availability of suitable tools to provide assistance – various expert systems and surfaces have been developed to track productivity, nutrient pools and water balance over large areas, but these are not readily applicable over smaller land units.

Scion is seeking to address this gap by developing a new tool that focusses specifically on the needs of small woodlot owners. The design of the tool has been kept simple, allowing it to be used with only basic stand information such as planting date and the rate of stocking. To test the usefulness of the tool and to help develop it further, Scion wants to engage with small block owners who are willing to provide feedback. If you are interested in getting involved in this important project, which will provide benefits to farm foresters, please contact Samuel Damesin.
07 343 5611

Forest planting scheme hints at potential in trees: Forest owners welcome the reboot of the popular Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) announced yesterday by associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew. More>>

President's report to Annual Conference, Whangarei April 20th 2015: Ladies and gentlemen, 2014, the 58th year of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association has been in many ways a momentous one for your organisation. It could be said that the Association has come of age this year and is now an important force within the New Zealand Forest industry. More >>

What science is the forest levy providing farm foresters? Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Research Programme: At the recent GCFF conference a wide array of results with direct relevance to farm foresters were presented by the scientists working in this levy funded programme. Around 50% of the Forest Grower Levy is used to support research that improves the productivity, safety and ecological sustainability of New Zealand’s planted forests. More >>



For more information on these events they are posted on the website >>
Branch secretaries, please make sure you notify head office of any branch or action group events.

  • Far North branch field day, Puketi and Omahuta Forests, 23rd of May 10am.
  • North Canterbury branch field day, Omihi farm forest, Joint venture on Chiltern Hills, May 28, 10.30 am
  • NZ Dryland Forests Initiative 2015 seminar series - Ground-durable eucalypts: a new forestry opportunity for sustainable growers and producers in the Wellington Region, Wednesday 3rd June 2015, Circus Cinema  Martinborough.
  • Rural Fire, Forestry and Insurance - Otago. Evening meeting Wednesday 15 July 7.30 pm, Outram Hall

Afforestation Grant Scheme 2015

The refreshed Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) will be open for applications from 27 May and close 30 June 2015. Grants are for people or organisations wanting to plant new forests.

Download the MPI flyer here>>

Announcement on Specialty Wood Products Partnership

MBIE have today announced the approval of the Specialty Wood Products Partnership. They have approved the full funding request of $710,000  per year over a 7 year period, to be matched dollar for dollar by industry co funding.  Scion will be investing a further $550,000 per annum from their core funding.  This is a great outcome for those who have supported this project over the past 18 months and will give a much needed boost to developing new opportunities for forest growers and wood processors from Douglas-fir, Cypresses  and both durable and non-durable Eucalypts. It is unique in the forest industry in that it brings end users, processors, growers and tree breeders together with researchers in a cross value chain programme aimed at raising the value of exports from specialty wood products and raising the value of these species to forest growers.

Now that we have this confirmation of government support we will be contacting industry investors in the programme to confirm their funding support. As the programme will be contracted via FFR, those organisations who are already members of the PGP funded Steep Land Harvesting Programme will only need to sign a schedule to their existing FFR membership agreement to confirm their support of this new programme.  Non harvesting programme investors will be sent the FFR member agreement documents for signing to record their commitment to the funding. MBIE will make it a condition of their funding support that we have the written commitment of industry investors.

Work has already started between Scion, University of Canterbury and Marlborough Research Centre to develop  the first annual research programme. We will now convene an interim programme steering group to oversee the formation of the new partnership under Peter Berg's chairmanship.  I am also pleased to announce that Scion have agreed to the short term secondment of Alison Slade to FFR as interim programme manager to conclude the funding contracts with MBIE and co funders whilst we work through the  appointment of a programme manager.

For your information here is a media release by FFR on today's announcement.

Russell Dale
Future Forests Research Limited
19 May 2015


Future Forests Research members update

  • FFR Board Matters
  • Forest Grower Levy Trust (FGLT) Funding for Steep LFGLTand Harvesting
  • Steep Land Harvesting Programme
  • Future Harvesting and Logistic Research Priorities
  • New Specialty Wood Products Partnership Funded by Government

More >>

Bioenergy news - "Bioflash"

  • Report on Bioenergy and Sustainability
  • Obama orders cuts to government pollution
  • US Executive Order, federal buildings, and thermal energy

More >>

Growing a new link with history

Scion has grown a new generation of trees from the iconic Gallipoli Peninsula Lone Pine that have been included in ANZAC Day centenary commemorations around New Zealand.

The Battle of Lone Pine was part of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, and was named for the solitary Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) that stood near the ANZAC trenches. During the Gallipoli campaign, an Australian serviceman collected a cone from this tree and eventually returned it to Australia at the close of World War 1. The tree was already considered an important symbol to the ANZAC forces, and seed from the cone was transported and planted around Australia and New Zealand. To commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council arranged with Scion tree breeder Toby Stovold to collect seed from one of these surviving trees. After confirming that the tree was indeed a direct descendant of the Lone Pine, seed was collected in 2012 and raised in the Scion nursery. Fifty, two-year-old seedlings were then gifted to Returned Service Association organisations throughout New Zealand, providing a living link across time and space to Anzac Cove. For more information on the Lone Pine, please see: Media release>>
Video>> (2min 18sec) 

Species calculators

For those of you who have had difficulty accessing the Future Forests Research species calculators, the links are all fixed and members can log in and access them here:

Cypress calculator >>

Eucalyptus fastigata calculator >>

Kauri calculator >>


Disclaimer: Personal views expressed in this newsletter are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of the NZ Farm Forestry Association.



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