A wood-supply catchment approach
Our vision is for a sustainable hardwood industry to be centred on a small-to-medium-sized processing operation at the existing forestry hub at Waingawa, south of Masterton.
For an economically viable, sustainable processing operation, an estimated 5,000 hectares of durable eucalypts will need to be planted over the next 30 years, to generate an average annual harvest of 50,000 tonnes of resource for the mill*. This equates to around 170ha/yr for the next 30 years.
There are over 181,000 hectares of farmland in Land Use Capability (LUC) classes 5-7 within a 40km radius of Waingawa, plus a further almost 38,000 hectares of forestry plantations. 5,000 hectares of new durable hardwood planting represents around 2.3% of this total land area.
(* Data based on modelling done by Scion using the Woodscape model, 2020)