SFF Project Summary

Expert Support To Enhance Pastoral Farming Through Farm Forestry

Project Title: Expert support to enhance pastoral farming through farm forestry
Grant No.: 01/128

Contact Details

Name of Applicant Group: NZ Farm Forestry Association
Contact Person: Bruce Bulloch
Address: NZ Farm Forestry Association
PO Box 1122
Telephone 1: 06 322 1254
Telephone 2:
Email: brucebulloch@e3.net.nz>

Project Details

Status: finished
SFF Funding: 61,019
Total Project Funding: 112,000
Proposed Start Date: 2001-12
Proposed Finish Date: 2004-04
Region: National
Sector: Forestry
Sub-sector: Farm forestry
Topic: Decision management and support
Alternative land use
Land development opportunities

Website: www.fore.canterbury.ac.nz
Final Report:  Final Report

Project Description

To provide and facilitate up to date social, financial and environmental information to farm foresters - to improve and enhance sustainability of their farming operations.

Problem/Opportunity the Project is Addressing

The project proposal is to undertake a staged three year programme of technical seminars and the, publication of a simple "how to" Farm Forestry publication (covering a \Wide range of form forestry topics, from choosing tree stocks through to pruning and thinning and poplars/Willows for drought fodder, etc). The seminars will be presented/facilitated by regional farm forestry experts, and in the case of the publication, produced by a small team of nationally recognised form forestry experts lead by retired Forestry Research scientist; Dudley Franklin.

Initially,(Year 1) the "how to" Form Forestry publication will be collated/published/distfibuted to members, and seminars organised in the South Otago and Hawkes bay districts. In Year 2 similar (updated) seminars Will be organised in Northland, Nelson/Moriborough and Manawatu - and in the Walkato, North Canterbury and South Canterbury in Year 3.

The information that will be facilitated at these seminars will be aimed specifically at:

])The synergies of agriculture and forestry to produce the best economic benefits.

2) "Best Management Practices" for environmental and economic outcomes.

3) Risk management through species choice.

4) Silvicultural updates.

5) Succession choice - local case studies.

6) Harvesting/marketing up dates.

7) Availability of decision making tools.

This project will be complimentary to the successful NZFFA application (Farm Forestry for Economic and Financial Sustainability) - and would be used to facilitate information from this project to a Wider audience. It would also promote (if their bid were successful) the uses of the WFFA, Southern High Country branch's, proposed project (A Practical Set of Web-based Forestry DSS Tools for Formers and Woodlot Owners).

To summarise - it is presently difficult (market failure) for existing and more importantly new farm foresters, to access up to date expert management and technical nformation - on how to achieve the best social, environmental and economic outcome through planting and managing trees on their farms. These proposed series of region seminars and the Farm Forestry publication, are aimed at providing pastoral farmers With relevant and up to date farm forestry information, and is seen as a way of coming to grips With this information gap. It Will also allow pastoral forming communities to make informed decisions on where form forestry best fits into their farming system for the best sustainable outcome

Progress to Date: (as at 30 December 2001)

As per the project proposal ~ initial work has been to develop and collate a "how to" publication for distribution to farm forestry members. Progress since 30 September 2001, has been consultation with Dudley Franklin, and the compilation of an initial draft. This initial draft (in A5 format) Will be sent to you within the next week. Further and final editing will carried out in Wellington over the next two weeks and a final version to be ready for distribution in Februa ry. The content of the final version will differ slightly from the indicated in the September 2001 report. There will still be 26 separate topics, but some have been deleted, and others included giving a wider range subjects, as detailed below:

1 Choosing land for planting for profit
2 Choosing radiata pine tree stocks
3 Successful establishment of tree seedlings
4 Containerised trees-what time to plant
5 Tree shelters-how good are they
6 Crown lightening to reduce risk of tree topple
7 Pruning
8 Intermediate pruning the easy way
9 Pruning and pruned stand certification
10 The impacts of site, stand management and genetics to achieve quality
11 Getting back to basics
12 Getting the most out of MARVIL
13 Land tenure may appear simple-but beware the issues
14 Joint ventures have attractions, but beware the pitfalls
15 Taxation of forestry
16 Choosing a consultant
17 Growing cold climate eucalypts for high quality timber
18 High quality eucalypts for warmer sites
19 Growing Douglas-fir
20 Australian blackwood
21 Growing cypress for timber
22 Poplars and willows for drought fodder
23 Form pruning deciduous hardwoods
24 Establishing native hardwoods for timber
25 Trees-basic classification and growth
26 Forestry terms and measurements

It is considered that an initial production run of 300 booklets in February will be appropriate, with a review after 3 months to consider further production requirements.

Because of the Forest Industries 2002 Exhibition, in March in Rotorua, and the NZ Farm Forestry Assn, conference in April, R is thought that it would be wise to postpone the Regional Seminars until May for the Hawkes Say seminar, and June for the Otago/Southland seminar. This will hopefully enable people to get exhibitions and conferences out of their systems, and hopefully get good attendances at the seminars. Full details will be in the next quarterly report.