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Douglas Fir

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Tree Grower Articles

  • Understanding the stability of Douglas fir timber
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007 Douglas fir has a history within the building industry as strong, stiff and stable timber, ideal for structural applications. Different interpretations of good stability…
  • Douglas fir – Southern gold
    Phil De La Mare and Matt Hitchings, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. Ernslaw One has a planted forest area of 85,000 hectares, of which 13,000 hectares are planted in Douglas…
  • Douglas fir – Grows well and reproduces well
    Nick Ledgard, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. Over the last decade, southern New Zealand has seen more new land planting of Douglas fir than any other tree species – including…
  • Responding to moisture: How do Douglas fir and radiata compare?
    New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. Three research projects undertaken for the Douglas fir Cooperative have set out to quantify the differences between Douglas fir and radiata pine in terms…
  • Standing up for Douglas fir
    Andrew Karalus, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. It seems as if it were only yesterday that a coalition of the willing formed the Forestry Industry Action Group to submit against…

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Trees on Farms Videos

  • Bevan Walker, Nelson branch
    Nelson Branch member Bevan Walker shows the house he built from local specialty timbers, his 50 hectares of pine and 20 hectares of other species where he is into his…
  • Brent and Caralyn Morrison, Rai Valley, Nelson branch
    Dairy farmers Brent and Caralyn Morrison on their 270 ha dairy farm which includes 50ha forestry and 40 ha native bush. Riparian zones and gullies fenced and planted; species include…
  • Gary Dennison, Waimate, South Canterbury branch
    This hill block includes radiata pine and Douglas fir planted for investment and native species to enhance a walkway up to the Waimate white horse. Wetlands are also being developed,…
  • Ian Jackson, Hunter, South Canterbury branch
    Ian Jackson describes the role of trees on his coastal drystock property, where he is the fourth generation farmer. Douglas fir, eucalypts, and radiata pine are planted on poorer areas…
  • Ken Wigley, Glen Lyon Station, Southern High Country branch
    High country station where trees are valued for shelter and a better living and working environment. Ken Wigley describes a joint venture planting. Species include Douglas fir and pine. No…
  • Ken Stephens, Balclutha, South Otago branch
    Ken Stephens describes how, as a second-generation farm forester, he has carried on where his father Vic left off. The Stephens are now harvesting continuously so receiving a steady income…
  • Eoin Garden, Avenel Station, Central Otago branch
    The Garden family farm this 2000 hectare hill to high country station, producing sheep, beef, and venison. Some 200 ha is now planted as shelterbelts and woodlots with shelter a…
  • Alan Roulston, Hillend, South Otago branch
    A 400-hectare rolling farm with sheep, cattle, outdoor pigs and cropping. Trees have been planted in riparian zones, for shelter, timber, wildlife, fruit and nuts, and aesthetics. Stock management, animal…
  • Michael Anderson, Hokanui, Southland branch
    Michael Anderson has been planting trees for many years on this 490-hectare all-sheep farm. He now has 42 ha of woodlots, plus QE II covenants, shelterbelts and amenity plantings. Plantings…

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Headlines

  • 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…
  • 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 3 April 2015
    Issue 3, April 2015 A very successful start to the year This newsletter is the third in our series on Diverse Forests and the first for 2015. We have, however…
  • 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…

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