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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2013) 58(2): 41–43
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Changing government’s attitude to planting

Hamish Levack 1

1 Forest Owner

The national plantation estate has decreased by more than 100,000 hectares since 2003, and a survey of forest owners by Bruce Manley found that another 55,000 hectares would be de-stocked by 2020. Under current policies new planting has all but stopped, and should this persist the annual area loss of the production forest estate will continue, as shown in the graph. This alarming area loss of half a per cent each year is four times faster than the rate of loss of the world’s forests.
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