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3 December 2001
In the year to September 2001 the New Zealand forest industry harvested a record 20 million cubic metres of logs. This is an increase of more than six million cubic metres in the last ten years. The harvest is predicted to reach almost 24 million cubic metres annually by the March 2006 year.
Just over one-third of the harvest is exported as unprocessed logs, with Korea, Japan and China the main destinations. Thirty-six percent of the logs harvested are processed into sawn timber by New Zealand sawmills. Forty percent of this sawn timber was exported in the September 2001 year, the main export destinations being the USA, Australia, Japan and Taiwan.
Other components of the log harvest include pulp logs (17 percent) for pulp and paper production and small logs (8 percent) used mainly in fibreboard manufacture and for fence posts.
The bulk of the harvest (99.7 percent) comes from sustainably managed exotic planted production forests.
For further information contact:
Judith Dennis, Senior Analyst Statistical Information, Ph 04 498 9825