Forest to farm

Dermer, John
February 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2006, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p23
This article focuses on the two sites being developed from forestry to farming by Wairaki Pastoral company in New Zealand. The area to be developed is all radiata pine forest that was purchased from Tenon by four Auckland property developers when Tenon sold off its forests, mostly to the Harvard pension fund. Its soil type is predominately raw pumice, with better soils on some of the country further west. Developers plan to spend $10 on riparian plantings and amenity trees over the next 20 years. The aim is for all trees over seven years old to be grown to maturity, harvested, then the land converted to pasture. The company plans to address the tree disposal problem by selling these piles of trees for fuel. A total of 10% of the area is to be transformed into riparian strips or copses of amenity trees.


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