Regional Extension Programme
With SFF support the NZDFI plan a regional extension programme that will promote the planting of new eucalypt woodlots and plantations in some of NZ’s driest regions including Marlborough, Canterbury, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa. NZDFI have valuable local support that is being
given by the regional councils and local branches of the NZFFA in those regions.
The regional extension programme will focus on transferring knowledge and resources to farm foresters, regional land managers and consultants so that they can successfully establish and manage these genetically
improved durable eucalypt woodlots and forests.
The programme includes establishing two or three demonstration trials of durable eucalypt species in each participating regions, provided suitable sites of up 1.5 ha can be made available. This site needs to be uniform in soils and landform, preferably an easy hill slope that is north, east
or west facing with good access. If you are a land owner living in one of these regions and want to offer a site to the NZDFI, please contact us.
In addition, NZDFI with the support of SCION, are researching and collating a series of leaflets that summarise current information for these durable species and potential management options they offer growers for post/pole/timber production, carbon sequestration, soil conservation and native
biodiversity. Also to be included will be information on site selection and preparation as well as planting and early maintenance for maximum survival and growth with known pests and diseases.
These will be published on line by December 2011 and promoted at five regional workshops/field visits to demonstration trials and breeding populations that are planned for delivery from January 2012 to May 2013. Workshops will be planned and co ordinated with the local branches of the NZFFA
and supported by local MAF and regional council staff.
A University of Canterbury sponsored professional development seminar will be held at the Marlborough Research Centre in 27/28th October 2011. This will focus on propagation, management and wood properties of young eucalypts. Farm foresters and consultants will have the opportunity
to learn alongside scientists and students. Contact email@example.com for more information.