Roads, Earthworks 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…
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…
- 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
This is the second and final part of the article on continuous cover forestry. The first part was published in the November 2005 issue of the Tree Grower. Establishing the…
- Continuous cover forestry - an introduction
This article covers the basic principles of continuous cover forestry. The second part, due to be published in the February Tree Grower, will deal with establishment, silviculture and harvesting. Continuous…
- Log value recovery in a woodlot context
Commercial forest owners and forestry research organisations have over the years attempted to maximise returns by developing tools, processes and disciplines called log value recovery. If you have a good…
The Forest Practice Guides (2018) are to assist forest owners/managers and contractors to meet legislative requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and in particular the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). They do not replace or override any statutory requirement. For various forestry operations, the guides provide options and information on a range of practices and methods to manage effects of the operations on the environment.… More »
- Earthworks Construction
- Erosion and Sediment Control Measures
- 2.1 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Water Tables
- 2.2 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Cut-outs
- 2.3 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Berms
- 2.4 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Road Drainage (Stormwater) Culverts
- 2.5 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Flumes
- 2.6 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Sediment Traps and Soak Holes
- 2.7 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Silt Fences
- 2.8 Erosion and Sediment Control Measures – Sediment Retention Ponds
- Vegetation to Manage Erosion
- Harvest Slash
A National Industry Standard for Sustainable Plantation Forest Management (2005)
The New Zealand forest industry has developed a national industry standard for sustainable plantation forest management which it is expected will facilitate good forest management.
- 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…
- Assessing the feasibility of a continuous cover forestry system for radiata pine in small-scale forests March 2018
Wellington and Wairarapa Branches of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have received a Sustainable Farming Fund grant for a feasibility study to evaluate the potential for a continuous cover forestry system…
- National Environmental Standard a step up and forward for plantation forestry August 2017
Forest Owners say the introduction of a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry is vitally needed for better environmental outcomes. The government has just released the NES, to bring in…
- Timber Harvesting in New Zealand: A guide for Small Scale Forest Landowners February 2017
This information resource has been produced by NZFFA with growers levy funding and is the first in a series of web-based information pages to be produced for growers. Timber Harvesting…
- Forest industry’s challenge to manage supply fluctuations August 2016
The pan forest and timber processing industry organisation, the New Zealand Wood Council (Woodco) says there is a supply challenge for many regions in the domestic processing industry. Woodco Chair,…
- Council forestry rules a mishmash September 2015
A forest owners’ spokesman says council rules for forestry are a mishmash which vary from district to district without good cause. Often they are also more stringent for forests than…
- 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…
- National Environmental Standard –Plantation Forestry June 2015
The NZ Farm Forestry Association is heartened to see that the proposed NES for Plantation Forestry was released for public consultation in Rotorua yesterday by the Dr Nick Smith, Minister…
- Forest standard will make it easier to be green June 2015
Forest owners say they are thrilled that a National Environmental Standard (NES) for Plantation Forestry is within sight. Environment minister Nick Smith and associate primary industries minister Jo Goodhew announced…
- 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…
- Media release: Remote controlled tree felling trial shows promise August 2014
A successful trial in remote controlled tree felling could lead to significant advances in the safety of forestry harvesting operations. The trial was completed by the Steepland Harvesting programme—a partnership…
- Harvesting woodlots in NZ: What do small-scale landowners and loggers think?
Kristopher Brown, UC School of Forestry, 2018 Forest Engineering Conference April 16-19, 2018, Rotorua, NZ
- 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).