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New Zealand:
Forest land: 7 472 000 ha
Portion of land base: 28%
Forest land per capita: 1.97 ha.
Data source: FAO, 1995.

New Zealand plantation forestry in summary


Area and standing volume statistics

April 1996

April 1997

April 1998


Estimated net stocked forest area (ha)

1 542 000

1 630 000

1 679 000

Growth characteristics Average volume (000 m3)

316 000

329 000

338 000

Average standing volume (m3/ha)

205

202

201

Area-weighted average age (years)

13.1

12.9

12.9

Area by species (ha) Radiata pine

1 396 000

1 480 000

1 520 000

Douglas-fir

70 000

75 000

81 000

Other exotic softwoods

33 000

32 000

32 000

Other exotic hardwoods

43 000

43 000

46 000

Radiata pine area by tending regime (ha)      
Intensively tended with commercial thinning

287 000

288 000

 
Intensively tended without commercial thinning

689 000

708 000

 
Minimum tended with commercial thinning

49 000

143 000

 
Minimum tended without commercial thinning

371 000

341 000

 

Planting statistics

Year ended Mar 31, 1996

Year ended Mar 31, 1997

Year ended Mar 31, 1998


Estimated new planting (ha)

73 900

83 600

63 700

Restocking (ha)

26 300

28 200

29 700

Harvested area waiting restocking (ha)

19 300

30 000

27 800

Harvesting      
Area clear felled (ha)

30 500

31 500

32 400

Volume clear felled (TRVIB, 000 m3)

15 246

15 039

 
Volume production thinned (TRVIB, 000 m3)

1 255

853

 
Total volume removed (TRVIB, 000 m3)

16 501

15 892

15 582

Area clear fell yield (m3/ha)

500

477

481

Area-weighted average clear fell age for radiata pine (years)

27.6

27.8

28.2

Estimated planted forest roundwood removal (000 m3)

16 562

15 964

 

Forest management and average costs in 1997:
Planting: $419/hectare (ranges from $280–560) (includes cost of seedlings)
Pruning: $1395/ha for 3 lifts (ranges from $415–1675)
59% of the plantation estate is pruned (991 000 ha of total 1 679 000 ha as of April 1998)
Average annual area pruned (1st lift): approx. 47 000 ha
Average total area pruned each year: approx. 141 000 ha
Spacing: $260/ha for 2 thins (ranges from $149–372)

Data source: New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, New Zealand Industry Facts and Figures.

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