Mt Whitnow Forest Partnership
26 April 2004
We are pleased to report as follows:
Forest Stand Progress
It has been another good growth season for your young forest stands after a cool wet spring. Dry conditions in December & January did not affect them adversely. February was wet and produced a second flush of growth, particularly at Mt Whitnow and Glens of Tekoa.
First year survival at Mt Whitnow was good and only a little blanking was required. There was some browse from hares and possums despite pest control work. There have also been occasions when some stock have got into the stands and browsed some of the young trees. They will recover from this but it should not happen and the farm owners have upgraded the fencing to ensure it does not continue.
Your Radiata Clearwood regime at Ahuriri is looking well established now, the trees being well ahead of the competing gorse. Their form is good, as expected from aged cuttings.
At Glens of Tekoa the 29 hectare Douglas-fir stand (‘GT8’) planted in 2001 requires further aerial release of the broom competing with the trees. A release in the spring did not work very well, probably due to timing. The supplier of the selective herbicide we used has agreed to cover the cost of the repeat release. So the provision in the budget for this will not be needed.
AGM Minutes and 2004 Contribution
We enclose the minutes of the recent AGM.
Later in the year we will organise field days to at least two of the three properties your forest stands are on.
If you have any queries about anything, or want more information, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.
WARREN FORESTRY Ltd