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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1965) 10(1): 15–24
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Planning- the Approach of the New Zealand Forest Service

R.W.M. Williams

A feature of New Zealand's forest planning is the need to provide for the steady expansion of forest-products exports. This need arises from New Zealand's heavy dependence on international trade.
Planning aims to meet estimated long-term demands for home consumption and for exports with supplies that will be available {from imports, from the dwindling indigenous resources, and from the increasing areas of exotic forests). By studying the nature of regional supplies, planning pays special attention to the development of large exotic forests suitable for integrated industries capable of producing paper, pulp, and timber for export.
Forest utilization in New Zealand is mostly undertaken by private enterprise. Some two-thirds of all the supply forests, however, are State-owned. Planting of new exotic forests is being continued by the State to ensure adequate future supplies, and incentive schemes are being investigated to encourage increased planting by private interests.
No great accuracy is expected of the supply and demand estimates; nevertheless, it is recognized that long-term planning gives an essential sense of direction and purpose to present-day activities

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