Trees for Riparian Plantings
Trees beside water courses provide shade and thus improve water quality and biodiversity. Fencing off streams and planting trees provides a natural filter that reduces siltatation and nutrient runoff into water courses. This means environmental benefits, aesthetic value and also provides satisfaction to the landowner.
- Pine plantations and water quality in central North Island lakes
John Quinn, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2005. Increasing nutrient levels threaten the quality of many central North Island lakes. A long term study showed that nutrients leaking from land to…
- Wood in streams - size really does matter
When the time comes for harvesting woodlots, most of us are aware of the risks associated with leaving large amounts of logging slash in streams. This is reflected in regional…
- Doug Lane, Paitu, Kaeo, Far North branch
On this award-winning property plantings are for timber, aesthetics and to create a pleasant working environment. Trees planted on land that was marginal for stock have made stock management much…
- Kyle and Madelein Brennan, Reporoa, Taupo branch
90-hectare rolling dairy farm on pumice country milking 230 friesian cows. Natives and other amenity trees are planted in wet gullies and riparian zones. Steeper sidlings are planted with high-value…
- David and Chloe Blackley and Gabrielle Walton; Summerhill, Bay of Plenty branch
This award-winning drystock property combines plantation forestry with amenity and conservation plantings and public recreation. Species include radiata pine, kauri, cypresses, blackwoods, eucalypts and poplar (to control soil erosion). Gabrielle…
- Victor and Christiana McIntyre, Waitui, Taranaki branch
The McIntyre's Taranaki dairy farm has highly erodible soils. Plantings are on steeper land to control erosion, improve water quality (Clean Stream Accord), for shade and shelter benefits, and for…
- The Land and Water Forum releases fourth report on water management November 2015
The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today published its fourth report, outlining 60 new consensus recommendations for how New Zealand should improve its management of fresh water and calling on…
- Trees Healing River Catchments NZFFA Trees on Farms Workshop, 24 May 2012, Wairarapa May 2012
Press Release 2 MAY 2012 Trees Healing River Catchments NZFFA Trees on Farms Workshop 24 May 2012, Carterton Events Centre, Holloway Street, Carterton A workshop aimed at helping Wairarapa landowners take…
- Water quality (Scion publication, August 2017)
There are some 1.7 million hectares of planted forests in New Zealand, 90% of which are in radiata pine. These forests contain an estimated 24,220 km of streams that, for most of the forest growing cycle, provide a source of high quality water to downstream users. There is increasing pressure on our water resources. However, with prudent stewardship and ongoing improvements to management practices, New Zealand’s forests will continue to provide sustainable sources of high quality water.
- Mind the Stream: A guide to looking after urban and rural streams in the Wellington Region
Greater Wellington Regional Council. (2004). Practical handbook including some good examples of streamside planting schemes.
- Best Practices for Riparian Management
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Land Management series.
Two-page leaflet with introductory guidelines on managing riparian land.
- Riparian zone/waterway management
Dairy NZ. Comprehensive resources from Dairy NZ. Developed for dairy farmers but also relevant to others. Includes a riparian planner tool with suggestions for planting riparian strips.
- NZ Guidelines for Constructed Wetland Treatment of Tile Drainage
Tanner, C. C., Sukias, J. P. S., & Yates, C. R. (2010) New Zealand Guidelines: Constructed Wetland Treatment of Tile Drainage NIWA Information Series No. 75 (pp. 54). Wellington: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
Practical guidelines on the construction of wetlands on tile-drained areas to help control effluent run-off and create wildlife habitats on farms. Includes tree selection and management advice.