Nursery survey suggests peak pine planting has passed

Friday 3 May 2024

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has just released the latest NZ forest nursery figures, showing a reduction of pine seedling production in 2022 of 114 million - down to 113.2 million in 2023. Seedling production had increased every year from 2017 when 48 million seedlings were grown.

The decrease in controlled pollenated or cloned seedlings is continuing – now down to 27 percent. This is a reversal from 2017, when only 25 percent of the seedlings were open pollenated or stand collect. Douglas fir production increased slightly in 2023, from 1.3 million seedlings in 2022 to 1.5 million.

Honey producing manuka planting continues to dwindle. More than seven million seedlings were grown in 2018, but only 4.2 million in 2023.

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Source: FOA / Ministry for Primary Industries

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