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Branch member videos

  • Les Carr, Mangamuka, Far North branch
    Les Carr describes some of the successes and pitfalls involved with forestry in his mixed drystock and 90-hectare forestry operation near Mangamuka, Northland, including a joint venture with members of…
  • Brian Simms, Kaitaia, Far North branch
    Brian Simms' farm near Kaitaia in Northland combines grazing with high value trees. Tree species planted include radiata pine, blackwood and silky oak (Grevillea robusta). Brian plants for erosion control…
  • Doug Lane, Paitu, Kaeo, Far North branch
    On this award-winning property plantings are for timber, aesthetics and to create a pleasant working environment. Trees planted on land that was marginal for stock have made stock management much…

Articles and reports

  • 2018 North Island farm forester of the year field day - Dean Satchell
    Yvonne Steinemann, October 2018.
    Vertically Integrated Forest Operation - Horowai Trust, Purerua Peninsula, Kerikeri High value forest 150 ha, aiming for good quality timber for high end use and a good return Different products, harvest…
  • Plantation forestry species and best practice
    The Northland region has the opportunity to embrace positive land use change, in particular planting of erodible pastoral slopes in trees. This is a goal that both regional and central government share and recognise as…

Treegrower articles

  • Good stewardship of land, water and trees
    Brian Simms, February 2011
    My parents bought half of the present farm area in 1955 for the princely sum of £2,000. This land comprised a couple of hectares of rough grass, a few hectares…
  • Far North field day Re-conceptualising weedy scrub
    Dean Satchell and Doug Lane, August 2009
    This ex-dairy and drystock property was purchased by Paul and Katarina Quinlan in 1996 and had already been occupied as a lifestyle block for 16 years. Being mostly rolling contour, a…

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