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National Exotic Forest Description Just Released

The report (link) written by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and based on a survey of 1,850 forest owners and managers, has the following key findings:

  • The total area of net stocked planted production forest in New Zealand was estimated to be 1.72 million hectares, which is unchanged from 1 April 2011. The estimated total standing volume of wood increased from 480 million cubic metres on 1 April 2011 to 488 million cubic metres on 1 April 2012.
  • An estimated 12,000 hectares of new forest were established in 2011. Of the new forest area established, 67 percent occurred in the central and eastern North Island. It is provisionally estimated that 18,500 hectares of new forests were established during 2012. Forest establishment relating to carbon was prominent in both 2011 and 2012 but industry comments suggest this is not expected to continue in 2013.
  • An estimated harvesting volume of 23.3 million cubic metres for the year ended March 2012 came from clear felling 44,100 hectares of planted forest. A significant contributor to the increase in recovered volume was a five percent increase in yield per hectare for Radiata pine.