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  • Why pruning/clearwood is one of our major competitive advantages
    June 2022
    Most members will be only too aware of this, but sometimes I feel it is worth restating and discussing the obvious. I will start by pointing out that knot free…
  • Is Forestry Really All Evil?
    December 2021
    Opinion piece first published in Middle Districts Branch Newsletter October 2021  The ongoing debate on the pros and cons of forestry, and particularly permanent carbon sink plantings, versus farming, continues,…
  • Stringing Up the Stringybarks
    July 2017
    The stringybark eucalypts were identified some years ago as a promising group for solid wood production in New Zealand with a combination of good growth rates, early heartwood formation, relatively…
    2 posts.
  • How Should We Manage Our Radiata Pine?
    May 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 &…
    2 posts.
  • Digging the Good Dirt on Soil Bugs
    October 2015
    Volunteers Wanted: Scion soil scientist Simeon Smaill is looking for volunteers to help with a series of trials he is running around the country.  He is looking at the effect…
  • Fruit Hanging at Close to Ground Level
    December 2014
    On his return from the Climate Change Conference in Lima, earlier this month, Climate Change Minister, Hon. Tim Groser claimed that New Zealand was in a difficult position because it…
    One post
  • Radiata pine wood quality
    June 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.…

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