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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1990) 35(3): 24–29
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Radiata plantation statistics, NEFD and notes on Chilean, Australian and other resource descriptions

P. Lavery

Chile, New Zealand, and Australia, the three principal growers of Pinus radiata, account for 88% of a world total of about 3.5 million hectares of plantations of this premier multi-purpose softwood species. The quality of published resource descriptions is reviewed and the integrity of the databases is considered to be generally high in each of these three largest grower-countries. Information on much of the balance throughout the world is not as readily accessed. Management and silvicultural issues pertaining to, and the relative resource maturity of, the radiata pine estates of the three principal countries are commented upon.
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