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Tree Grower articles

  • Special purpose timbers research project
    Peter Berg, February 2016
    Scion’s diverse species programme came to an end a year or so ago. At this time a number of people in the forest growing community became concerned that initiatives in…
  • Adding value to specialty timber
    Peter King, November 2013
    In my experience, tree growers are usually interested in the characteristics of finished timbers and the uses they are currently put to. The higher the demand, the higher the market…
  • Conifer timber species choices
    Kevin Thomsen, November 2011
    Recent Hawke’s Bay farm forestry field days and articles have discussed the merits, or otherwise, of conifer species choices compared to macrocarpa. Firstly, let me be clear about macrocarpa. It…
  • What is wrong with wildings?
    Nick Ledgard, May 2011
    What is wrong with wilding trees? This would be the most frequent question I am asked. The people looking for an answer are increasingly aware that many forests which have…
  • On forest culture
    Gary Blake, August 2009
    J C Firth was a prominent Auckland and Matamata business man who, in 1874, presented a paper to the Auckland Institute on the state of New Zealand forestry. It provides…
  • Selling alternative species
    Allan Levett and Dean Satchell, May 2009
    Interest in farm forestry circles these days is turning increasingly to selling our precious alternative species logs and timber. This is not only because some of the species Dad and…

Headlines

  • One billion trees programme tree list July 2018
    Planting the right tree in the right place is important because today’s tree planting decisions can have impacts that last for generations. One of the first decisions you have to…
  • Trees for steep erosion prone land report released August 2018
    A report on alternative plantation forest species is now available on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website detailing the characteristics of a wide variety of tree species that are…
  • Industry looks beyond radiata March 2016
    Future generations of New Zealanders may live in a patchwork landscape where several different forest species compete on the hills for growing space with the familiar Pinus radiata. “Radiata is…
  • New resources available - practical information on growing cypresses and eucalypts for timber October 2015
    A series of short videos and information notes providing basic practical information on growing cypresses and eucalypts for timber is now available. The resources, produced thanks to the MPI Sustainable…
  • Diverse Forests, Emerging Opportunities June 2015
    Issue 4, June 2015 Partnership success! We are pleased to announce that the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment partnership programme has been approved, and look forward to the…
  • Support for radiata alternatives welcomed May 2015
    Forest owners have welcomed government support for research into plantation species other than radiata pine. “Radiata pine is the backbone of the New Zealand forest industry and likely always will…
  • Government and industry work together to build high value wood exports May 2015
    The new government funding awarded to a Future Forests Research (FFR) led programme is a significant boost to creating a high-value specialty wood products industry from planted forest species other…
  • Diverse Forests, Emerging Opportunities Issue 2 January 2015
    Issue 2, January 2015 A new future for diverse forests research Welcome to the second edition of our quarterly newsletter. In the first issue (September 2014), we highlighted our recent…

Other sources of information

  • Diverse species news
    Diverse Species News was a quarterly newsletter published by Scion from September 2014 to June 2015.

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