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3 December 2009
A steady increase in regional wood availability will lead to new opportunities for the Central North Island (CNI) wood processing sector and the wider community, say the authors of the latest wood availability forecast report.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry today released its CNI region Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecasts Report, providing the economic and social context to the regions predicted increase in wood availability.
The current annual harvest level is around 9 million cubic metres. Future wood availability is forecast to be around 12 to 13 million cubic metres per annum leading into the 2020's.
MAF Principal Analyst Paul Lane says the report aims to assist forestry industries, planning practitioners, and infrastructure and service providers to plan resources, maximise opportunities and identify issues related to the availability of wood.
"There is the opportunity to expand wood processing in the region through the increased utilisation of existing processing plants facilities, developing new product lines or potentially through new plants."
"An increase in harvesting could also lead to more opportunities to grow both the industrial and residential use of wood as a source of bioenergy, particularly if energy prices continue to rise. Wood currently supplies about seven percent of total energy use in New Zealand. The region has two wood pellet plants and the wood pellet industry has experienced rapid growth internationally over the past few years."
"Beyond timber and wood values, people are increasingly recognising the environmental benefits of forests such as improving water quality and reducing soil erosion. Forests are also valued for the recreation and tourism opportunity they provide."
The Central North Island Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecasts Report is one of a series of publications on regional forestry industries and wood availability forecasts produced by MAF.
It provides wood availability forecasts and associated commentary for the region, out to 2040, and outlines opportunities and constraints facing the region's forest industries.
The forecasts have been produced in association with the region's major forest owners.
A copy of the report can be found at: Central North Island Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecasts.
Deborah Gray | Senior Communications Advisor | MAF Communications
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