Trends in plantation management in New Zealand - past, present and future

Authors: John Moore
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2021, Issue N.Z.J.For. 66(3) 2021, pp 26-32, Nov 2021
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: New Zealand’s radiata pine plantation industry has been underpinned by advances in silvicultural practices that have resulted in productivity gains and a greater certainty in outcomes. Significant advances have been made in tree improvement, stock production in nurseries, establishment practices, weed control and tending operations. Implementing the collective benefits of each of these components has made the development of New Zealand’s radiata pine plantation industry a success story for global forestry. While the achievements of over a century of research, development and operational practice have built a strong legacy, there are many challenges and opportunities for future generations of silviculturalists and forest managers to address. These include climate change, increasing scrutiny of forestry practices and the rapid pace of technological change. This paper reviews some of the key developments in radiata pine silviculture and describes future challenges and opportunities.