NEFD 2022 forests report published

Friday 28 Apr 2023

MPI reports that New Zealand’s net stocked planted production forest covered 1.76 million hectares as at 1 April 2022, an increase from 1.74 million hectares in 2021, though still 70,000 hectares less than in 2003.

The total planted forest standing volume was estimated to be 549 million cubic metres with an average age (area weighted) of 18.6 years, an increase from 531 million cubic meters with an average age (area weighted) of 18.3 years in 2021.

The provisional new planting estimate for the year ending 31 December 2021 is 45,000 hectares, an increase from 34,000 hectares in 2020.

The 45,000ha new exotic planting area is ahead of the 25,000 ha a year to 2035 suggested by the Climate Change Commission, to meet New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emission targets. But the area is still well short of the up to 66,000 ha a year to 2050 envisaged by the Productivity Commission in 2020 to meet those same targets.

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Source: Forest Owners Association

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