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Risk

  • Forest owners’ liability insurance
    Jo McIntosh, February 2014
    As we look forward to some sunny days, owners of standing timber might also want to give some thought to the increased risk which a hot dry summer brings. If…
  • Risk and opportunity in forestry
    Geraint Bermingham and Kevin Oldham, August 2012
    If the last few years have taught us anything it is the notion that risk and uncertainty are a reality for anyone interested in future value. Some things may have…
  • Risk management A farm forester’s perspective
    Anders Crofoot, August 2012
    Trees are a crop, and as with all crops there are a variety of risks. The risks vary not only with the season, but with the age of the crop.…
  • Risk issues associated with the ownership of forest land
    Blue Hancock, August 2012
    This article will look at some of the more prominent and unusual risks associated with the ownership of forest land. I have a 30-year background in rural land valuation, specialising…

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Fire

Tree Grower articles

  • Drought and the increased risk of fire
    Tony Gouldson, February 2014
    It has always been difficult to insure against the direct effects of drought. But it is less difficult to insure the increased risks of fire triggered by a period of…
  • Fire management for small forests
    Gary Lockyer, May 2012
    Small forests are considered to be anything from a few trees to over 1,000 hectares. Whether you own or manage an exotic or indigenous forest, protecting it from fire is…
  • What is risk management?
    Jane Marsick, May 2012
    All farms face risks which can potentially affect the assets or income. In terms of a small forest, many of the risks are fairly obvious such as fire or storm…
  • Learning from Australia’s fires
    Stuart Anderson, November 2010
    When summer turns up its heat once again, we are often reminded of the bushfires that created such tragedy in Australia in February 2009. Although fires on that scale are…
  • The levy funded Fire Committee
    Geoff Cameron, August 2017
    The NZFFA has been represented on this committee for a number of years, giving small growers a say on a small but important component of forest and land management at…
  • Fire weather: The science behind the signs
    Grant Pearce, February 2009
    At this time of the year people often take more notice of the fire danger signs that appear along New Zealand’s rural highways. These half-grapefruit dials indicating low, moderate or…
  • Information for Fire Response Protocol
    Dave Gratton, February 2008
    Fire danger is always a worry for forest owners during summer months. You can always minimise the possibility of a fire outbreak by using commonsense actions during those hot months,…
  • Hot tips for fire readiness
    Vivienne McLean, November 2007
    With the headlines dominated by the Californian wild fires at the start of our fire season, rural fire prevention has assumed an even sharper focus than usual. David Hammond, the…

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Wind

Articles

  • Canterbury’s big wind causes severe tree damage
    Nick Ledgard, November 2013
    The night of September 10 was one which many tree growers in north Canterbury will never forget. I returned to my home in Loburn, just north of Rangiora, at around…
  • Sapstain
    Storm damage and sapstain, estimating the salvage period in pine plantations From Forest Health News 223, March 2012. The recent windy weather and the associated uprooting and stem breakage in…

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Snow

  • Importance of snow damage in New Zealand forest management
    John Wardle, August 2012
    The heavy snow fall in Canterbury in June this year, along with the heavy snow of August 2011 causing damage to some forests in the Wellington and Upper Hutt area,…
  • Snow damage in mixed age plantings
    Eric Cairns, May 2012
    The August 2011 snow storms in the southern North Island caught many by surprise. It was not the usual graupel, but large flakes that stuck to things. Many local houses…

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