Totara -- Northland's farm forests of the future

Moodie, Helen; Quinlan, Paul; Bergin, David; Kennedy, Chris
November 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;Nov2007, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p25
This article reports on the effort of the Northland Totara Working Group to change the weed problem associated with totara into an asset for New Zealand landowners. The primary focus of the group is sustainable timber production. Some of the environmental benefits of the trees are increasing erosion control, enhanced soil and water quality, and riparian management. Totara, compared to other native trees, germinates successfully in grazed pasture. A study is being undertaken by Chris Kennedy of Geoinfo Ltd. to estimate the resource of totara on private land. Another project is aimed at studying growth response to thinning and pruning, as well as potential to improve tree form. Under the Forests Act, landowners are required to make commercial harvests on a sustainable basis.


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