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Now that the old-growth redwood forests of western USA are no longer available as a source of this prized timber, attention is focussing on the very promising potential for sustainably plantation-grown redwood (Sequoia) in New Zealand.

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Redwood Handbook

Best Practice with Farm Forestry Timber Species
No. 3: REDWOODS
Ian Nicholas
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Timber properties and market
Chapter 3: Site selection
Chapter 4: health
Chapter 5: Seed source and breeding
Chapter 6: Establishment
Chapter 7: Pruning and thinning
Chapter 8: Growth model and regime example
Chapter 9: Economic analysis
Chapter 10: Utilisation
Chapter 11, 12, 13: Summary, references and web links, glossary
 

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Tree Grower articles

  • Some results from the Mangatu redwood sawing study
    Paul Silcock, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2009. In April last year a sawing study was carried out on a stand of coastal redwood in Mangatu forest. Details of the study’s…
  • Performance of coast redwood in New Zealand
    Rob Webster, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2008. A new interim growth model that predicts basal area and mean top height has been developed for coast redwood plantations in New Zealand.…
  • Some 2007 thoughts on redwoods in New Zealand
    Bill Libby, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. My wife Iris and I recently led a tour of American friends from Auckland to Milford Sound. Then I was hosted by a…
  • The potential for coast redwood in New Zealand
    Rob Webster, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. Coast redwood is a native of northern California and a very small area of southern Oregon. It has been planted in localised areas…
  • Rotorua redwoods
    Ian Nicholas, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. Whakarewarewa Forest was first planted in 1899, when there were 170 tree species planted as one of the first large experimental forests to…
  • Stand density index – a useful tool for New Zealand redwood plantings
    New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. Measuring growing space occupancy in redwoods is not new. In 1933, a researcher named Reineke reported data for even-aged stands in California, presenting a…
  • Redwoods – an overview
    Ian Brown, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. Anyone who has spent time in the Long Mile Redwood Grove at Rotorua, or among the great cathedrals of redwood trees in California,…
  • Coast redwood silviculture in New Zealand
    Mark Dean, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. Californian coastal redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, has proved to grow well in New Zealand when correct siting and establishment practices are attended to. On good…
  • Redwood in California: An overview of silvicultural systems
    John-Pascal Berrill and Kevin L O’Hara, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. Coast redwood is among the most unique of the world’s commercial conifers. Its natural range is confined to a…
  • Redwood research: The way ahead
    Ian Nicholas, Paul Silcock and Luigi Gea, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. The recent resurgence of interest in redwoods largely stem from the opportunity to market New Zealand in the…
  • Redwood markets in California
    Janet Webb, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. The market for redwood timber has continued to change over the last several years as available supply and consumer demand shift.  With ever…
  • The New Zealand Redwood Company
    Jim Rydelius, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. With as much enthusiasm as ever, The New Zealand Redwood Company is continuing to establish redwood forests on its properties, with the current…
  • The first introductions of American redwoods to New Zealand
    Lindsay Poole, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. The mainstream of settlers to New Zealand following Maori were so numerous that extensive inroads were soon made into the fine native timber…
  • Harvesting and marketing some pruned redwood giants
    Jeff Tombleson, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. In 1997 Forest Research (now Scion) harvested and marketed 26 giant redwood trees which were felled for various reasons including their close proximity…
  • A love-hate relationship with redwood
    Wade Cornell, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. I have a love-hate relationship with redwood in New Zealand. The meteoric rise of redwood in the past few years is unparalleled among…
  • An update from California on coast redwood
    Bill Libby, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. To quote one of our redwood foresters ‘Redwood remains the most valuable species in California. Redwood has unlimited markets for products. Once established,…

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Trees on Farms Videos

  • 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…
  • Gray Baldwin, Putaruru, Waikato branch
    Trees are integrated with dairy cows on the Baldwin's properties. Economic and environmental objectives are combined to maximise outputs from all land types on these intensively managed farms. The Baldwins…
  • Victor Clark, Reporoa, Taupo branch
    Victor farms deer, sheep and cattle on this steep property. Poplars provide cover in grazing areas and reduce stress, and improve management overall for the deer in particular; large areas…
  • Eric Cairns, Mangaroa Valley, Upper Hutt, Wellington Branch
    Eric Cairns describes his multiple species plantings, managed largely under continuous cover forest principles, on this lifestyle property near Upper Hutt. No posts yetAdd a post
  • Gray Baldwin, Putaruru, Waikato branch
    Trees are integrated with dairy cows on the Baldwin's properties. Economic and environmental objectives are combined to maximise outputs from all land types on these intensively managed farms. The Baldwins…
  • Clare and Terry Gavin, Murchison, Nelson branch
    Claire and Terry Gavin have a specialty timber farm forestry property near Murchison. Species established include cypresses C ovensii and C macrocarpa; also poplar, and redwoods are grown on stoney…
  • Brent and Caralyn Morrison, Rai Valley, Nelson branch
    Dairy farmers Brent and Caralyn Morrison on their 270 ha dairy farm which includes 50ha forestry and 40 ha native bush. Riparian zones and gullies fenced and planted; species include…

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Headlines

  • Diverse Forests, Emerging Opportunities Issue 3 April 2015
    Issue 3, April 2015 A very successful start to the year This newsletter is the third in our series on Diverse Forests and the first for 2015. We have, however…
  • Workshops promote diverse benefits of trees on farms September 2011
    A new three year programme of regionally-based workshops launching this November will help pastoral farmers and their advisors identify the economic and environmental benefits of planting trees on their properties…

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