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Trees for Erosion Control/Soil Conservation

Tree Grower Articles

  • Understanding the way trees reduce soil erosion
    Leith Knowles, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006. New Zealand loses between 200 and 300 million tonnes of soil every year to the oceans – a rate about 10 times the…
  • The battle to hold the hills
    Denis Hocking, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2006. Erosion is an inevitable feature of the New Zealand landscape. Well it certainly has been over the last 20 million years or so…
  • Trees combat erosion and protect stock
    Mike Halliday, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2008. Continuing our series of articles profiling the farm forestry model in action. We present here a case study showing another practical example of…

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Reports

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Forest practice guides

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 »

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Trees on Farms Videos

Member video's that include trees for soil conservation:

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Other sources of information

  • Debris Flows (Scion publication August 2017)
    There are some 1.7 million hectares of planted forests in New Zealand, and about a third of these are on erodible steepland terrain. Many of these forests were originally planted as erosion control forests and are now being harvested. There is increasing concern and media attention about the environmental effects of steepland planted forestry. These centre on the post-harvest landscape response, including the increasing occurrence of woody debris in rivers and on beaches following intense rainstorms that generate landslides,and debris flows that entrain wood and sediment.
  • Soil Conservation: Technical Handbook
    (2001) Hicks, D & Anthony, T. (eds). 2001. Ministry for the Environment. Comprehensive collection of information about soil conservation in New Zealand.
    Covers the forms and processes of the main types of erosion and the main control techniques. 
  • Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation: 
    • Van Kraayenoord, C. W. S., Pollock, K. M., & Hathaway, R. L. (1986) Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation. Vol.1 Principles and Practice. National Soil and Water Conservation Authority.
    • Van Krayenoord C.W.S. (1986) Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation: . Vol. 2 Introduced Plants. National Soil and Water Conservation Authority. 
    • Hathaway R.L. (1986) Plant Materials Handbook for Soil Conservation. Vol 3 Native Plants. National Soil and Water Conservation Authority. 
  • Introduced forest trees in New Zealand: Recognition, role, and seed source - The willows, Salix spp.
    Van Kraayenoord, C. W. S., Slui, B., & Knowles, F. B. (1995) FRI Bulletin No.124, part 15. Rotorua: NZ Forest Research Institute.
  • Erosion Control - Soil series videos
    Northland Regional Council
  • Trees suitable for soil conservation 
    Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Land Management series 
  • Sustainable Land Management Hill Country Erosion Programme
    Ministry for Primary Industries. The Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Hill Country Erosion Programme helps protect erosion-prone hill country. It provides leadership and targeted support to regional and unitary councils.
  • Environmental effects of planted forests in New Zealand: The implications of continued afforestation of pasture
    FRI Bulletin No. 198, Maclaren, J. P. (1996).

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