New Zealand’s farm forestry options in a world of imponderables

By Keith Woodford
NZ Farmers Weekly
April 26, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NEW ZEALAND — In a sector that has been knocked about by rule changes in the past few years, Keith Woodford plots the way ahead. …Many of my forestry presentations have focused on flaws in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This presentation was different. I simply took the rules as they are and looked at how farm foresters could best respond in their own interests, be they economic interests or broader issues coming from the heart. My starting point was to briefly look at the journey NZ’s production forestry has taken in recent decades. …Almost 90% of NZ’s log exports go to China. …NZ is now the only country that exports significant volumes of softwood logs to China. Countries like Russia now only export lumber, not logs. Also, China is becoming increasingly self-sufficient in timber, with big eucalyptus plantings in the south of China.

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