The measuring of trees in the Exotic and indigenous trials have been completed for the year. As expected growth rates were slower than 2012 but most species survived the drought well. The exception is the Silver Beech showing some mortality. The results can be viewed by clicking on these links.
The first section the trck along the Kowhai creek has been formed with a layer of crushed lime. Makes walking much easier
A new track on Rewanui has been created to establish a loop through the Eastern end of the property. The new track runs parallel to the road and goes from the eastern road entrance up on to the flats. Redwoods are planted along much of the route.
In common with much of the North Island conditions are very dry at Rewanui but the indigenous trial trees are doing well. Silver beech are the only ones show stress at this stage.
In early February a fire was deliberately lit on the edge of the Trimble forest opposite the Pioneer Museum. It was reported by a milk tanker driver at about midnight and was under control within an hour thanks the good effort of the fire service. Damage was confined to a small area of .13 ha. A good save by all those involved.
About fifty people attended a fielday to assess the growth of the various species in the exotics trial. Speakers talked about the attributes of Eucalypt, Cypress and Redwood species and a demonstration of pruning cyuprss was held.
We have erected a sign at the entrance to the Rewanui car park. The timber for the sign is windall Totara milled from the Trimble forest North of Masterton
We recently hosted representatives from Scion with the intention of forging closer links with the CRSI. Ecki Brockerhoff and Peter Clinton (Scion) shelter from the norwester while they discuss options with Mike Wyeth (Trustee) and Stu Orme.
Our trail camera captued this shot of some of the Whareama School pupils during a planting session along the kowhai creek.
The Foundation has contributed to the cost of a new shed at Henley lake. We will use part of the space to store and sort some of the timber we have from windfall trees. The photo is the the first lot of timber arriving at the new shed.