New National Exotic Forest Description

MAF has made available to the public the provisional data from its National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) on its website:


Key points as at 1 April 2010:

  • The total standing volume of wood increased from 457 million cubic metres in 2009 to 467 million cubic metres in 2010.
  • The total harvested area was up 1700 hectares from 2009 to an estimated 43,500 hectares in 2010.
  • The total volume of wood removed was up 1.4 million cubic metres from 2009 to an estimated 20.7 million cubic metres in 2010.
  • Area-weighted average clearfell age for radiata pine increased slightly from 28.3 in 2009 to 28.4 in 2010.
  • The estimated new planting figure for the year ending 31 December 2010 is 6000 hectares.

The NEFD 2010 provisional data release provides a detailed description of New Zealand's planted forests and forest activities such as estimated planting and harvesting statistics.

The full report and accompanying commentary will be published in April 2011 once data is finalised. The full report will also contain an estimate of the 2010 deforestation.

The NEFD is published annually to assist infrastructure and policy planning, and is compiled from a survey of forest owners and forest managers.