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15 December 2009
A steady increase in regional wood availability will lead to new opportunities for the Northland 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 Northland Region Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecasts Report. The report describes Northland’s forests, wood processing industries and the infrastructure necessary for the industry to operate efficiently.
The forecasts in the report show a gradual increase in annual wood availability from about 2 million cubic metres to 3.7 million cubic metres per year is possible by 2012. A further increase up to around 4.7 million cubic metres starts after 2020.
MAF Principal Advisor Paul Lane says the report aims to assist forestry industries, planning practitioners, and infrastructure and service providers to plan resources, assess opportunities and identify issues related to the availability of wood.
"Although the supply curve rises until around 2012, it remains relatively flat at that level until 2020. This means that there are opportunities now to identify opportunities and efficiencies that will improve the long term utilisation of the forest resource" Mr Lane said.
Maximising the value of this sustainable resource will have benefits across the Northland region in terms of economic development and employment.
The Northland 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 new wood availability forecasts and associated commentary for the region, covering the period 2008 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 growers.
A copy of the report can be found at:
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