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Forest Soils

The soil properties of planted forests – topsoil depth, soil structure, rooting depth, hard pans, erosion risk, soil texture, water holding capacity, nutrient supply – all have an impact on forest productivity. Below see some videos that explain soil sampling to determine productivity of forest soils:

Identifying the mineral soil surface

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil profile  [266 Kb PDF]

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Taking samples for soil chemistry analysis

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil chemistry [254 Kb PDF]

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Soil sampling for bulk density measurement

See also Practical soil sampling in planted forests – soil bulk density [261 Kb PDF]

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Blogs

  • Digging the Good Dirt on Soil Bugs: Denis Hocking's blog, October 07, 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…

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Headlines

  • Research presentations from 2017 GCFF conference June 2017
    The 2017 Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) research programme conference was held in late March, and all presentations from this event are now available. Research to improve the precision…
  • Making better use of forest soil microbes August 2015
    Soil microbes can have a significant positive impact on forest performance, but we have few reliable options to enhance the benefits they can provide. A substantial new trial series has…
  • Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Research Programme July 2015
    Updating you with the latest research from the programme Identifying the forest productivity gap, improved management of soil resources and efforts to study water quality in forested areas are a…
  • What science is the forest levy providing farm foresters? April 2015
    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…
  • Trees, soil and you February 2015
    A new survey has been released by Scion to capture current industry opinion regarding the value of soil data to forest managers, as part of the Growing Confidence in Forestry’s…
  • Looking underground without digging a hole November 2014
    Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future (GCFF) Research Programme A new soil survey tool allows Scion scientists to assess below ground variation in soil properties using electromagnetic pulses. November 2014 The…
  • Growing confidence in forestry's future May 2014
    Scion Research Programme 2013 - 2019   Raising the profitability of commercial forestry investments is an imperative for the entire New Zealand forestry sector and also vital to increasing economic…

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