Are New Zealand’s native forests being replaced with exotic plantations such as pine?
New Zealand’s native forests are protected by law. Comprising 6.4 million hectares (64,000 square kilometres, the NZ Government is the major owner and around 77 percent of the forest estate is managed by the Department of Conservation for conservation, heritage and recreational purposes. Twenty-three percent is in private hands but are required by law to be managed sustainably.
None of these forests are being harvested and replanted with exotic species.