Our vision: New Zealand will be home to a sustainable multi-regional hardwood industry based on eucalypt forests grown in wood-supply catchments by 2050. New Zealand will also be a world-leader in breeding ground-durable eucalypts.
In practical terms, the NZDFI aims to develop a valuable, complementary land-use for landowners in the warmer parts of northern and eastern New Zealand, especially where rainfall is low and unreliable. We envisage the development of wood-supply catchments centred on selected locations of future timber processing facilities.
Working for regional development
Over the next 30 years, our aim is for 12 regional wood supply catchments to be established. In each catchment, an area of durable eucalypt forests sufficient to sustainably supply a small-to-medium size sawmill will be planted. The total forest area required in each catchment is around 5,000 hectares, which equates to new planting of around a 170 hectares per year for 30 years.
As the forest resource becomes established, this will encourage future investment in timber processing. Regional processing plants will produce a range of high-value products for local, national and overseas markets. They will create employment and wealth for regional economies.
In June 2019 we released a new strategy 2020-2030 and welcome any feedback on our ideas.
The NZDFI is a unique, exciting project with a strong focus on strategic goals. It is backed by a rigorous scientific programme, extensive on-farm and in-forest trials, and an expanding network of industry supporters.