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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1969) 14(2): 150–158
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Species Siting in Hawkes Bay

I.G. Trotman

After an appraisal of current timber use and potential based on recent literature which highlights the importance of radiata pine in the country's timber economy, the paper discusses species siting using Hawke's Bay as an example. Past attitudes and practices are discussed showing how they have affected the species distribution in the forests of the region. The risk factors of markets, biological risk, fire, nutrient loss and wind are discussed, indicating how they can limit siting.

Present siting practice is then described, relating this to the forest policy of the region, market requirements, risk factors, particular regional problems, future silvicultural operations, and logging considerations.

In addition to the wide use of pines and Douglas fir, the role of other species is briefly covered. The paper concludes with a plea for firm national and regional policies to aid rationalizing species siting.

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