FAQs

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Forestry

When should pine trees be thinned and pruned?

NZ Wood does not itself carry detailed information related to the growing of trees. However the website of one of our founding partners, the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, provides a wealth of valuable information resource for those considering embarking in small scale forestry and silviculture.

This website also lists contact details for numerous members and local agencies to which you would be welcome to approach for further advice.

Registered forestry consultants are also available to give advice. They can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Forestry Consultants”.

What is the total area of exotic forest?

The total area of exotic, plantation forest in New Zealand is around 1.7 million hectares (17,000 square kilometres).

What is the total area of forest in New Zealand?

New Zealand’s forest resource covers around 29 percent of the total land area or around 78,000 square kilometres.

Eighty percent of this forest is indigenous forest, most of which is protected and not harvested. Around 20 percent is planted exotic forest – mostly coniferous.

How much timber is harvested each year?

Around 20 million cubic metres of round wood is harvested each year – all but 0.01 percent from exotic plantation forests. This is the equivalent of clear felling 41,400 hectares (2008 figures).

Most of the clear felled area is restocked, but the amount of restocking or new planting varies from year to year.

What is the total area of native forest?

New Zealand has 6.4 million hectares (64,000 square kilometres) of native or indigenous forest. 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.

How much native timber is harvested each year?

Less than 0.1 percent of New Zealand’s total forest production is now harvested from indigenous forests.

What is the best density for planting pine seedlings?

NZ Wood does not itself carry detailed information related to the growing of trees. However the website of one of our founding partners, the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, provides a wealth of valuable information resource for those considering embarking in small scale forestry and silviculture.

This website also lists contact details for numerous members and local agencies to which you would be welcome to approach for further advice.

Registered forestry consultants are also available to give advice. They can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Forestry Consultants”.

What soil conditions do I need for growing pine?

NZ Wood does not itself carry detailed information related to the growing of trees. However the website of one of our founding partners, the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, provides a wealth of valuable information resource for those considering embarking in small scale forestry and silviculture.

This website also lists contact details for numerous members and local agencies to which you would be welcome to approach for further advice.

Registered forestry consultants are also available to give advice. They can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Forestry Consultants”.

What are the best trees to grow commercially on a small scale?

The best options for small scale forestry may depend on your location, climate, size and condition of your land and the timeframe in which you expect a return.

You should contact your local branch of the New Zealand Farm Forester’s Association for the best advice for you specific circumstances.