Mt Whitnow Forest Partnership
Planting - Balance Due
18 October 2002
Planting Finished for 2002
The preliminary figures we have from our planting contractor are that your three Mt Whitnow blocks took 137,600 Douglas-fir seedlings.
At 1,371 per hectare, the prescribed stocking rate, that should translate into the planned 100 hectares planted. However in practice forest establishment is not so accurate as that. When we get sample plot data and GPS area measurements from our auditor we will know the area planted more accurately, but still only to about + or - 5%.
There is a tendency for contractors to exceed the set stocking rate a little so it is likely a little less area has been planted. The audit will also check if there are any clear areas that should have been planted or any planted that should not have been, as this can happen too. Vacant area can be planted next season if less than 100 hectares has been filled, along with any replacements (‘blanks’) needed.
Planting was completed on the 11th of October. It was supposed to be over before the end of September but the contractor and nursery experienced delays and problems with other jobs. However the weather at Mt Whitnow (cool and wet) has been very kind to us so tree survival should be good overall. The aim is to have no requirement for blanking, but there is a budget provision for 10% if needed. Any excess losses will be the responsibility of the nursery and contractor.
No blanking was required for your Radiata stand at Ahuriri as survival was high and even. At Glens of Tekoa we have replanted about 6%. Both of these stands will require a second round of weed release this season, whereas the Mt Whitnow stands will require only one and possibly not over the entire planted area as competition there will be light.
Balance of Investment
There is a Statement enclosed showing what your 2002 balance is.
If there is a balance due please pay it now. There should be no more required this year and then nothing until April next year when $250 per unit will be due. That (plus any inflation) should be the annual sum for the next nine years.
Photos & News
Enclosed are a couple of recent shots from two of your forest stands. We will send you another report within the next few weeks and maybe more photographs. The next report will include forest maps and more detail of the planted area. These and any Newsletters will also be available on-line through our website.
If you have any queries about anything, or want more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
WARREN FORESTRY Ltd