Please complete our short survey

Hi there! This survey is part of a project to learn more about the potential harvest of alternative timber species in Hawke's Bay Region.  We have identified you as the owner of an alternative species woodlot with an area greater than  1 hectare and hope you will be prepared to take a few minutes to answer our survey questions.  If you received a letter from us about this survey, please enter your ID number in Question 2. All information will be kept confidential. Thanks very much for your time and interest.

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* 1. Please confirm who you are (all information will be kept entirely confidential)

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* 2. If you have received a letter telling you about this survey, please enter the ID number from that letter here. This enables us to identify your woodlot from our GIS data.

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* 3. What species is your woodlot?

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* 4. If cypress, do you know which species (e.g.Cupressus macrocarpa, lusitanica, Ovens, Lawsons)? If so, please state below.

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* 5. If eucalypt, do you know which species (e.g. Eucalyptus nitens, regnans, delegatensis, fastigata, fraxinoides, globoidea etc? If so, please state below:

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* 6. Are all the trees in the woodlot the same age?

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* 7. If Yes, what year were the trees planted?

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* 8. If No and the trees are varying ages, what years were the predominant areas of trees in the woodlot planted?

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* 9. If unsure, can you estimate when the trees were planted? (e.g. 1960-65 etc)

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* 10. Are the trees being grown for timber?

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* 11. If No, the trees are NOT being grown for timber, or you are uncertain about this, what is the purpose of the trees?

If you answered 'No' or 'Uncertain' to Question 10, please complete this question and then scroll to the end, click 'Done' and exit the survey. Thanks for your time.

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* 12. If you answered Yes to Question 10, please continue here. 
The following questions relate only to trees being grown for timber. 
At what age do you anticipate harvesting your trees for timber?

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* 13. Have you, or will you, prune the trees, and to what final pruned height? Select one answer only.

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* 14. Have you, or will you, thin the trees and to what final stocking?

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* 15. To produce good quality timber, trees generally need to be straight, have light or no branching on the butt log, and have no other defects. How would you describe the timber potential of your woodlot?

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* 16. How would you describe the topography of the woodlot?

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* 17. How would you describe access from the woodlot to the nearest road capable of carrying logging trucks?

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* 18. What will be the trigger for you to begin your harvest?

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* 19. What harvesting regime do you plan to adopt?

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* 20. Who do you envisage will do the harvesting?

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* 21. What harvesting technique do you envisage using?

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* 22. After the trees have been felled, what do you anticipate will happen next?

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* 23. If you plan to use a contract sawmiller (either on-farm or a local sawmill) how confident are you that this option will be available when you need it?

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* 24. Will you replant the area with alternative species?

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* 25. Would you like to comment on your experience with growing alternative species? e.g. are you optimistic about their timber potential and value/disappointed with the venture? What support do you need to make the most of your trees?

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* 26. Do you or your forest manager have shape files of your woodlot, and would you be willing to share them with us?

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