NZ National Exotic Forest Description survey - data needed

Friday 5 Jul 2024

On 1 April 2024, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sent out the 2024 National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) survey. The survey is critical for informing wood availability forecasts, which underpin infrastructure and wood processing investment decisions, as well as contributing to a range of official statistics such as Gross Domestic Product and NZ’s greenhouse gas inventory data.

All forest owners with more than 40 ha of forest should have received a copy of the survey, either electronically or by mail. Survey responses are due by 31 July 2024. If you did not receive a survey or have any questions about filling in your survey, please reach out to

Your data is strictly confidential and is securely stored. When MPI publish the NEFD they aggregate tables and apply confidentiality rules to ensure no individual forest owners’ data can be identified. Your prompt return is much appreciated and will help the 2024 NEFD data be published in a timely manner.

The 2023 NEFD report and data tables can be accessed via this link.

Source: Ministry for Primary Industries

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