SFF Project Summary

Project Title: Best practice with farm forestry timber species
Grant No.: 04/106
   

Contact Details

Name of Applicant Group: NZ Farm Forestry Association
Contact Person: Denis Hocking
Address: Parewanui
RD 1
Bulls
Telephone 1: 06 322 1254
Telephone 2:
Facsimile: 06 322 1254
Email: jdhocking@xtra.co.nz

Project Details

Status: finished
SFF Funding: 175,736
Total Project Funding: 327,236
Proposed Start Date: 2004-06
Proposed Finish Date: 2008/06
Region: National
Sector: Forestry
Sub-sector: Farm forestry
Topic: Alternative land use
Decision management and support
Land development opportunities


Updated:  08 June 2009

Final report

Latest Update

Website

Cypress, Eucalypt, Redwood &, Blackwood Handbooks

Background - Applicant Group

The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association was formed in 1957 to promote an ethic of combining trees with farming. Currently there are about 3,000 members in 29 branches spread throughout the country. Besides growing orthodox forestry species, farm foresters have always been keen to try alternatives, often for sound economic and environmental reasons, and have accumulated a great deal of practical knowledge and experience. Interest in alternative species is focused through the “action groups” which are a component of the NZFFA organisation. Separate action groups cover blackwoods (Acacia melanoxylon), cypresses, eucalypts, and redwoods . NZFFA has always had a close association with government-funded research, for example with the NZ Forest Research Institute and its successors, now Scion and the ensis joint venture, who partner the association in this project.

Problem/Opportunity

The knowledge held by individuals within NZFFA and by research institutions is not widely available in the public arena. NZFFA receives frequent requests from landowners for information about alternative species. Due to time and cost restraints, it is not possible to effectively supply the information requested. In some cases putative “best practices” have not been written down and reviewed by other experts. In some cases information is held in scientific papers and research institution records that are not readily accessible. In some cases there are “gaps” in the knowledge base which further investigation or research are required to fill.

There are a number of reasons why alternative species are attracting especial attention at the moment:

Solution

A solution to making the information widely available in a user-friendly format is now offered by the internet. The project will set up a web-based management series with modules/chapters on alternative species. The presentation of information will be based on the Blackwood Growers” Handbook which has already been completed in both hard copy and web-based format under a SFF project . Some advantages of the web-based format are as follows:

Work Proposed

Information will be collated and summarised on management operations such as establishment techniques, management regimes, forest health and marketing, by knowlegeable farm foresters, regional council staff, research specialists and land managers. The first year focus will be on cypresses; the second year on eucalypts; and the third year on new information on redwoods and blackwood.

The general template for each species (or species grouping) will be:

An annual national seminar and field day at the NZFFA Action Group Weekend (usually timed for around October) will review progress on the project and receive presentations on the modules developed to date.

Latest Update

Cypress handbook

Eucalypt handbook

Blackwood/ Redwood handbooks


Update

Cypress handbook

Eucalypt handbook

Blackwood/ Redwood handbooks


Quarterly Report: October 2006

Cypress handbook

Eucalypt handbook

Blackwood/ Redwood handbooks

Milestone 6: December 2006 Finalise eucalypt modules and Complete web version Presentation at national Best practice with farm forestry timber species seminar and field day

Overall

Presentation prepared for NZFFA Action Group Weekend seminar and field days to be held at Te Puke, November 18/19 2006.


June 2006

Cypress handbook

Milestone 5: June 2006
Circulate draft eucalypt modules for comment

Eucalypt handbook

Blackwood/ Redwood handbooks

Overall

A poster and handout on the NZFFA and SFF projects was prepared for NZFFA use at Mystery Creek Field Days.

 


September 2005

The aim is to develop a web-based management series that will provide best practice information on selected farm forestry timber species.

The emphasis in the first year will be on developing cypress modules for placing on the web, the priority of the modules developed will be based on the 2003 Action Group AGM discussions

In the second year the priority will be on eucalypt modules, the priority of modules will also be based on the 2003 Action group AGM discussions.

The third year will concentrate on presenting new information on redwoods and blackwood, such as new growth and yield data as well as case studies based on leading farm foresters.

It is proposed to develop web-based information modules, which can also be available as CD’s and disseminated through the action group newsletters, field days and at the annual national seminars. An important part of the modules will be the reporting of relevant case studies to develop knowledge and confidence on farm forestry operations, and more importantly to bring farm forestry members experiences to the public arena.

Summary of information on management operations such as: establishment techniques, initial spacing, pruning, thinning, utilisation, stand health and markets etc. will all provide a better understanding of farm forestry species management for decision makers than is currently available.

Authorship and development of modules will use knowledgeable farm forestry members, regional council staff, combined with relevant research specialists based on research papers, farm foresters and land managers experiences. The modules will be peer reviewed to ensure reliable information is disseminated. The format of the modules will include key points and suggested reading.

The success of the management series will be the flow of information through a central point, based around the expertise in the NZFFA Action Groups.


June 2005

Milestone 2: June 2005

Circulate draft modules for comment

Cypress handbook

Draft chapters prepared on:

Chapter 1:- Introduction, History in New Zealand and natural habitat

Chapter 2:-Timber properties and market

Chapter 5:- Establishment and management options

Chapter 7:-Pruning and Thinning

Chapter 8:- Growth model, examples of typical regimes

Chapter 9:- Economic analyses

Chapter 11:- Summary

Chapter 12:- References and Other information sources (including web links)

Chapter 10:- Utilisation (Yet to come)

These will be distributed for review early in July

Ian Nicholas visited Nelson and interviewed local Farm forester cypress growers, Ross Higgins and Bevan Walker and two cypress processors in Nelson, Timberworks Ltd, Mapua and Gibson Timber Ltd and Marlborough Timbers of Marlborough.

Ian Nicholas visited Whangarei, discussed local cypress issues with Richard Davies-Colley, and visited cypress plantations on property managed by Dean Satchell, near Kerikeri.

Ian Nicholas visited Whangarei and interviewed two cypress processors MacDIRECT and Denis Budd, and interviewed MacDIRECT main operations at Pukekohe.

Project update put into Cypress Action Group Newsletter

Ian Nicholas attended Cypress field day on Lee property at Reporoa.

Initial draft completed, draft for comment will be circulated before end of July.

Progress report on SFF Project (Best practice with farm forestry timber species):

Ian Nicholas (on behalf of NZFFA)

NZFFA and CDG acknowledges the support of:

This SFF project has been funded until June 2008. We are just completing the first year at the end of June, 2005.

Outline

The aim is to develop a web-based management series that will provide best practice information on selected farm forestry timber species.

The emphasis in the first year (04/05) will be on developing cypress modules for placing on the web, the priority of the modules developed will be based on the 2003 Action Group AGM discussions.

In the second year (05/06) the priority will be on eucalypt modules, the priority of modules will also be based on the 2003 Action group AGM discussions.

The third year (06/07) will concentrate on presenting new information on redwoods and blackwood, such as new growth and yield data as well as case studies based on leading farm foresters.

Project finishes in June 2008.

It is proposed to develop web-based information modules, which can also be available as CD’s and disseminated through the action group newsletters, field days and at the annual national seminars. An important part of the modules will be the reporting of relevant case studies to develop knowledge and confidence on farm forestry operations, and more importantly to bring farm forestry members experiences to the public arena.

Summary of information on management operations such as: establishment techniques, initial spacing, pruning, thinning, utilisation, stand health and markets etc. will all provide a better understanding of farm forestry species management for decision makers than is currently available.

Authorship and development of modules will use knowledgeable farm forestry members, regional council staff, combined with relevant research specialists based on research papers, farm foresters and land managers experiences. The modules will be peer reviewed to ensure reliable information is disseminated. The format of the modules will include key points and suggested reading.

The success of the management series will be the flow of information through a central point, based around the expertise in the NZFFA action groups.

The proposed format of each chapter will be between 5-10 pages (the complete handbook to be 12 chapters of approximately 100 pages, including colour photography).

Update Cypress handbook- drafts due end of June 2005

Of the 124 businesses surveyed, 32 responded. These businesses included timber retailers, architects, sawmillers, recyclers, builders, import/export and manufacturers.

Of the responses identifying use of timber types, 22 specified Cupressus macrocarpa, and 10 specified Cupressus lusitanica.