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Roads and Harvesting


  • Timber Harvesting in New Zealand
    By Rien Visser, NZ School of Forestry, December 2016. Introduction: Plantation forests occupy about 7% of the NZ land area and forestry and logging employ about 7,000 people directly. About…
  • Radiata harvesting
    By Nick Kingsford, Northland Forest Managers, September 2014. Optimal time line to prepare for harvest: 2 years before harvest - begin the resource consent process (required if moving more than…
  • When to harvest - That's the million dollar question
    Determining the best time to harvest your woodlot can often feel like gazing into a crystal ball. We all know that the wood market can be volatile and naturally we…
  • Are you harvest-ready?
    Why being able to press go whenever you like is the smartest position to be in... If your forest is over 20 years old, you should be thinking about getting…
  • What is the best way to sell my forest?
    There is a lot of debate about the best way for forest owners to sell their trees/wood. The reality is that more than 90% of such sales in New Zealand…
  • Forest Harvesting Engineering – making it work for you
    Q1. I’ve got some gear – should I be building the roads and landings? Some forest owners like the idea of using their own gear, or friends or family to…
  • Can we use fire weather data to predict the rate of sapstain development after storms?
    From Forest Health News 245, February 2014 The appearance of sapstain with its associated monetary loss is always a worry to forest managers who have to recover valuable wood from plantations…


Tree Grower articles

  • Harvesting rules in the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry
    Elizabeth Heeg, New Zealand Tree Grower, November 2017. This article provides an overview of harvesting activities in the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry. It is not intended to be…
  • Evolution or revolution in harvesting?
    Keith Raymond, New Zealand Tree Grower, August 2017. As many small-scale growers prepare to plan to harvest their forests and woodlots planted in the 1990s, there is a quiet revolution being…
  • Continuous cover forestry
    Ian Barton, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2009. Continuous cover forestry is the management of forests using ecological principles which are patterned on natural processes so that the forest canopy is…
  • Continuous cover forestry: Management practice
    Ian Barton, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2006. This is the second and final part of the article on continuous cover forestry. The first part was published in the November 2005…
  • Continuous cover forestry - an introduction
    Ian Barton, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. This article covers the basic principles of continuous cover forestry. The second part, due to be published in the February Tree Grower, will…
  • Log value recovery in a woodlot context
    Andy Dick, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2005. Commercial forest owners and forestry research organisations have over the years attempted to maximise returns by developing tools, processes and disciplines called log…


Codes of Practice


  • Introduction to Continuous Cover Forestry: Eric Cairn's Blog, April 25, 2016
    Introduction The Wellington branch intends to run a series of articles and field days on Continuous Cover Forestry. Government policies, particularly in regard to Permanent Forest Sink Initiatives and in…
  • Not all doom and gloom for alternative species: John Fairweather's blog, December 23, 2015
    The last issues of the North Canterbury branch newsletter covered some interesting issues associated with growing and harvesting alternative species. Two points stuck out to me. One was that there…
  • Bare Hill's Hauler logging: John Purey-Cust Ponders, August 13, 2014
    A little while ago I went on a field trip to look at a logging operation at Bare Hill, a high and miserable pine plantation on the top of the…




Other sources of information

  • NZ Forest Road Engineering Manual
    NZ Forest Owners' Association. (2012). Wellington: NZ Forest Owners Association.
    The 2012 edition contains erosion and sediment control guidance, introduces new materials and methods, and describes best practice construction techniques. Forest owners, engineers and contractors are encouraged to use this manual in conjunction with the FOA Environmental Code of Practice.
  • NZ Forest Road Engineering Manual – Operators Guide (or pdf)
  • National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry: Overview of the regulations
    The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) mark a significant change in the way forestry activities are managed under the Resource Management Act. This brochure provides an overview of the regulations for councils and foresters, including the activities that are regulated by the NES-PF and new tools for identifying the risks of wilding conifer spread, erosion, and disturbance to waterways while fish are spawning. Further guidance materials are being developed to support councils and foresters to meet their responsibilities under the NES-PF which will come into effect on 1 May 2018.
  • The 2nd New Zealand Sapstain Symposium: Proceedings of a Symposium held at Forest Research, Rotorua, New Zealand 18-19 November, 1999
    FRI Bulletin No. 215, Kreber, B. (1999)
  • How Much Wood Has Your Woodlot Got?
    Forest Research Bulletin No. 217, Maclaren, J. P. (2000)
    Practical guide to woodlot inventory, aimed at farm foresters. Somewhat dated (eg excludes use of electronic technology such as GPS and Vertex).


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