West Coast forest industry report released

11 July 2008

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today released the West Coast Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecast Report, the fourth and final regional wood availability forecast in a series produced for the South Island.

“While the West Coast report indicates a reduced harvest for the West Coast, overall wood availability for the South Island has remained steady at about 4.8 million cubic metres per year until 2020, with a forecast increase to nearly 8.5 million cubic metres per year by 2040”, says John Novis, Senior Analyst at MAF and author of the West Coast and Canterbury reports.

“The new West Coast forecast reduces the available harvest for 2012 to 2015 from about 380 000 cubic metres per year to about 196 000 cubic metres per year. The principal reasons for the projected reduction is a revision of optimistic historic projections, taking into account losses due to wind events and reduced growth rates.

“However, the overall projected increases in wood availability across the South Island will create many potential opportunities for the South Island forest industry.”

Wood availability reports are prepared periodically by MAF in association with the National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) Steering Committee and provide important information for the forest industries, planners, and infrastructure and service providers in assessing wood processing opportunities, resource management planning and infrastructure issues.

Wood availability reports have also been produced for Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago/Southland, while in the North Island forecasts have been completed for the Hawkes Bay, East Coast and Central North Island. Forecasts are now underway for Southern North Island, Auckland and Northland. These will be reported later in the year. The West Coast Forest Industry and Wood Availability Forecast Report is available at: http://www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/publications/wood-availability/index.htm

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For further information, please contact:

Deidre Hill
Phone: 04 894 0192 or 0 29 894 0192
Email: deidre.hill@maf.govt.nz

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