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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2007) 52(1): 40–42
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Professional Paper
A snapshot of plantation forests as at 1 April 2006

Paul Lane



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The latest National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) has recently been published. It shows New Zealand’s planted production forests covered an estimated 1.80 million hectares as at 1 April 2006. An additional 37,000 hectares of forest land was awaiting restocking following harvest. Taking into account the area awaiting restocking, the area of planted forest fell by 16,600 hectares in the year ended 31 March 2006.

The NEFD is published annually to assist with resource and policy planning. It provides data aimed to help infrastructure planners involved in the provision of transport (road, rail and ports), the energy sector, and for labour related planning issues. The information is also used for developing and monitoring public policy, for meeting a growing range of international reporting needs and as a starting point for investigating wood processing opportunities in New Zealand.
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