New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1997) 42(2): 34–37
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A survey of afforestation intentions in New Zealand between 1996 and 2010
A survey of New Zealand industrial forest growers, local government authorities and industry experts was carried out to ascertain new land planting intentions to the year 2010. Industry experts expect nationwide intentions of all ownership groups for all forest species to decrease from about 72,000ha in 1996 to nearly 66,000ha in 2000, and to level out at about 56,000ha/yr between 2001 and 2010. It is anticipated that more than 80% of the area involved will be planted with radiata pine. New land planting intentions of individual owners, either independently or through partnerships, joint ventures, trusts, etc., are expected to exceed those of either industrial growers or local government authorities. Estimates of the new land planting intentions of the industrial growers indicated a drop from about 27,000ha in 1996 to 16,000ha/yr between 2001 and 2010.