Based in the Motueka Valley, Roger May runs Tomorrow’s Forests Ltd (TFL), a small forestry and mapping consulting business.
Roger has always had a keen interest in indigenous forests, special-purpose woodlots and timber species, sustainable land management and integrating trees into the productive landscape. Tomorrows Forests Ltd have carried out a number of projects which have included land use planning for conservation, sustainable management, revegetation, afforestation, and riparian management.
Significant projects completed since starting the consultancy in 1992 include:
NZ Dryland Forestry Initiative
The NZDFI is a research project investigating the potential of growing ground-durable Eucalyptus more.......
Cameron Farms Food Forest – Wairarapa
The well-known movie maker, James Cameron’s property in the Wairapapa was mapped in order to establish an 8 hectare food forest. more.......
Ngai Tahu Afforestation Projects
Tomorrow’s Forests Ltd has completed a number of afforestation planning projects on Ngai Tahu tribal land ... more.......
Carbon Sequestration Forestry – Gisborne
Tomorrow’s Forests was contracted
by the Tindall Foundation to investigate carbon sequestration models to
offset business greenhouse gas emissions. This was a scoping project which
involved interagency networking and due diligence. These carbon offset
models were presented for potential voluntary uptake by New Zealand
businesses. Tomorrow’s Forests worked with local and central
government, research organisations, and NGO’s to develop these models..
Forest Restoration Management Planning –
Brian and Barbara Parkinson owned 57ha of strongly rolling hill country
in the Motueka Valley. The property contained some small woodlots of Cypress
and Eucalyptus species, some grazing for their highland cattle, scattered
indigenous forest remnants in the gullies and large areas of gorse, broom
and blackberry in between. Their long-term aim was to restore the native
forest for both amenity and productive purposes. Tomorrow’s Forests
devised the timber and nurse species management regimes which
provided a harvest of exotic timber in the transition to a productive indigenous
forest. Shelterwood and continuous canopy harvesting systems were key elements
to the plan. Plant and animal pest management was another important component
of this project.
Management and Habitat Restoration –
Stephen and Bindy Dakin owned 30ha of erosion-prone hill country at Tai
Tapu on the Port Hills just south of Christchurch. The property contained
some small woodlots of Macrocarpa and Oak together with small areas of
planted shrub hardwoods and regenerating Manuka. Most of the remainder
was open grass and tussock land with scattered patches of gorse. Their
long-term aim was to restore the native forest for both amenity and productive
purposes. A forest restoration management plan was prepared which set
out the species mixes, techniques and regimes to be used to convert the
existing vegetation patterns into a productive indigenous forest. Nurse
species plantings were devised to encourage natural regeneration from
native seed dispersed by birds. Continuous canopy silvicultural systems
together with judicious plant and animal pest management were important
elements to the plan.
Integrating Farming and Forestry –
A significant mapping project for
a property owner in South Canterbury has been completed which involved
mapping the entire 1,950 ha property and differentiating farm land from
forest land. With the assistance of GPS, all fences, gates, paddocks,
tracks and stock water systems were mapped. All the forest stands were
mapped with each stand in the GIS actively linked to a MS Access database
containing all stand records. The entire system was then delivered to
the client with free map viewing software for use on site.
Services for Biodiversity & Habitat Restoration
Tomorrow’s Forests provide the New Zealand Landcare Trust with GIS
mapping services. The trust is using in-house GIS to help a number of
landcare groups around the country map and manage their environmental
and restoration projects.
Productive forestry within metropolitan areas using high value timber
and amenity species is not uncommon in parts of Europe and North America.
Prior to joining Tomorrow’s Forests, Roger May provided forest management
planning services to Wellington City Council in the Wellington Town Belt.
Much of the 330ha Town Belt is covered with exotic forest, mostly pine,
much over 80 years old. Under a new management plan, 60% of this old (and
in places hazardous) forest in the centre of Wellington is to be carefully
felled and restored to the mixed species coastal forest native to the
- Forest surveys on SILNA land for Landcare Research.
- Sustainable Native Forest Management Permit assessments for MAF on 27 properties across the country.
- Sustainable Native Forest Management Plans for eight forest owners in Nelson, Canterbury and Taranaki.
- Town Belt Management Plan pilot project and Town Belt Management Plan (with Boffa Miskell) for Wellington City Council.
- Significant Natural Area map0ing for Selwyn District Council.
- Build and run native forest management systems for Forest Stewardship Council certification of 11,600 ha Waitutu Incorporation beech forest in Southland (8 years).
- Emissions Trading Scheme applications for over 30 plantation owners.
- Map and build National Plantation Owner database for NZ Farm Forest Association.
- Map over 117,000 trees across 35 sites for the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative Eucalyptus research project.
- Report on Crown Land Afforestation for Carbon Neutral Public Service Programme for MPI.
- Map 5,500 individual plants for Cameron Farms food forest planting, Wairarapa.
- Expert witness responsibilities in a number of disputes/court cases.
- Three afforestation and management project proposals and cost/benefit analysis for Ngai Tahu.
- National Eucalyptus Site Suitability Mapping project for NZ Farm Forestry Association.
- Wetland Vegetation Differentiation mapping project, Port Marlborough.
- Slope Stability mapping project for SCION (Forest Research Institute)
- National Erosion Susceptibility mapping project for University of Canterbury School of Forestry.
and over 80 other smaller projects for private clients, mostly in the South Island.
But more could be done in New Zealand’s towns
and cities using our indigenous and or exotic trees to develop urban forestry
concepts. Tomorrow’s Forests are advocating such developments.