Dryland forest to be talked about

Project Manager of dryland forest initiative coming to Gisborne.

Project Manager of dryland forest initiative coming to Gisborne.

A plantation of durable eucalyptus. These can be used to make vineyard posts. Picture supplied

FOR a number of years the Gisborne Farm Forestry branch has supported the research into durable eucalypt species through a programme of regular financial donations.

This research is carried out by the NZ Dryland Forest Initiative based in Marlborough with trial forests in both the North and South Islands including some in the Gisborne region.

The aim is to develop genetically improved planting stock and management systems for ground durable eucalypt species suited to New Zealand’s dryland regions. The demand for naturally durable vineyard posts is increasing as growers look for an alternative to the CCA-treated radiata pine posts commonly used in NZ vineyards.

There is concern in some regions about the contamination of ground-water caused by treated posts and this is particularly the case in the Marlborough region where there is an increase in the area under organic production systems.

The founder and project manager of the dryland forest initiative Paul Millen will be in Gisborne on January 23.

“He will meet with forest association members here and others interested in the research,” an association spokesman said. The meeting will be held at 5.30 pm that day at 21 Riverside Road, Gisborne.

“Paul will give an up-date of research findings and this will be followed by a light supper. All are welcome.”

For further information on the research being undertaken by Paul and his team, visit their website

FOR a number of years the Gisborne Farm Forestry branch has supported the research into durable eucalypt species through a programme of regular financial donations.

This research is carried out by the NZ Dryland Forest Initiative based in Marlborough with trial forests in both the North and South Islands including some in the Gisborne region.

The aim is to develop genetically improved planting stock and management systems for ground durable eucalypt species suited to New Zealand’s dryland regions. The demand for naturally durable vineyard posts is increasing as growers look for an alternative to the CCA-treated radiata pine posts commonly used in NZ vineyards.

There is concern in some regions about the contamination of ground-water caused by treated posts and this is particularly the case in the Marlborough region where there is an increase in the area under organic production systems.

The founder and project manager of the dryland forest initiative Paul Millen will be in Gisborne on January 23.

“He will meet with forest association members here and others interested in the research,” an association spokesman said. The meeting will be held at 5.30 pm that day at 21 Riverside Road, Gisborne.

“Paul will give an up-date of research findings and this will be followed by a light supper. All are welcome.”

For further information on the research being undertaken by Paul and his team, visit their website

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