Planting a forest or woodlot is a long-term decision, often involving significant expenditure. Landowners are advised to plan any new planting carefully. A growers' objectives and site characteristics are key factors. Growers within or close to one of NZDFI's proposed regional wood supply catchments should also be aware of any discussions around a future central processing facility, and consider what the dominant local markets might be in future. We recommend the following steps:
1. Clearly define your objectives
Consider the four suggested NZDFI regimes together with the planting site you may have already identified:
- Peeler pole
- Permanent forests
- Continuous cover forestry
Each of these regimes suits different owner objectives and site-types, and requires a different approach to planting, particularly in terms of planting density.
Check out our 'Choosing the right regime' information if you haven't already done so.