Forest Owners urge vote for tōtara as plant of the year
The Forest Owners Association wants people to vote for
tōtara as plant of the year in a poll being conducted by
the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.
Association President, Peter Weir, says this indigenous
tree is probably the best bet for the development of an
indigenous planted forestry industry in New Zealand.
“Our industry relies on Radiata pine which grows well
everywhere. Tōtara is much the same. It flourishes in a
wide range of New Zealand environments and produces an
amazing and versatile timber.”
interest in Northland in particular in growing tōtara
“But for most people it’s a
fantastic icon of the pre-settlement podocarp-dominated New
Zealand bush and doesn’t need to be harvested to be
Peter Weir suggests that Federated
Farmers are also likely to nominate a favourite tree or
plant they would want their members to vote for.
“We backed different birds in the Bird of the Year.
We wanted the kārearea falcon and the Feds went for the
whio duck, but neither of those came in the winner. Maybe
one of us will do better this time.”
Zealand Plant Conservation Network vote can be found;
Go to Podocarpus tōtara.
Midnight Monday 25 November
Reference “Tōtara –
a natural and cultural history”, Philip Simpson, Auckland
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