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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2004) 49(2): 24–27
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Forestry stakeholders' priorities for sustainable forest management research

J. Fairweather and B. Hock



This article reports the research needs and priorities for sustainable forest management stated by participants in a survey of 74 forestry stakeholders in New Zealand. A telephone survey using an open-ended question allowed respondents to list the research needs as they saw them. Results show that four research needs were identified as clear priorities: 'after harvest', 'the environment', 'not radiata' and 'indigenous'. These high priority needs focus on broad topics and do not centre on plantation forestry with Pinus radiata. The results reflect quite diverse thinking about research needs for sustainable forest management and suggest that New Zealand forestry needs research which will help it move towards a more diverse multi-species national forest resource, managed in ways that emphasise all aspects of sustainability.
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