- About NZDFI
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The NZDFI aims to provide forest growers with the knowledge and resources to establish new hardwood forests as an alternative land use in New Zealand’s eastern drylands.
Our select eucalypts provide drylands farmers with an opportunity to grow a valuable, versatile ground-durable timber crop on a relatively short rotation. Our eucalypts produce nectar and pollen for bees and native birds and can be planted for soil stabilisation and shelter.
The NZDFI is targeting drylands regions between Canterbury and Gisborne. These regions have low annual rainfall (600mm-1000mm), and are prone to summer droughts, the frequency and severity of which are forecast to increase with climate change. Eucalypts are renowned for their ability to survive droughts while maintaining fast growth rates.
NZDFI Target Grower Regions
Trials have been planted in all the above drylands regions. We have also planted trials in the Bay of Plenty and in the central North Island, to investigate the potential for these species over as wide a range of site types as is sensible.
The NZDFI is well aware that growers considering investing resources in planting our eucalypts need to be confident that they will reap good returns from durable timber.
The strength of our project lies in our strategic scientific approach, backed by our on-farm network of trials. By breeding improved eucalypt planting stock of a range of species, developing growing regimes to suit varied conditions, and promoting multiple markets for durable eucalypt timber, the NZDFI aims to make eastern New Zealand home to a valuable sustainable hardwood industry by 2050.