FORESTRY OUTLOOK

South Waikato News - - Property -

One re­cent mar­ket fea­ture is a con­tin­u­ing search for har­vestable for­est plan­ta­tions, driven by off­shore and do­mes­tic de­mand for tim­ber.

New Zealand has ap­prox­i­mately 1400 fam­ily-owned farm for­est wood­lots, with South Waikato to the fore. Many wood­lots date from the early nineties so are ma­tur­ing now and re­turn­ing ex­cel­lent prof­its: good re­ward for for­ward think­ing two or more decades ago.

That cre­ates a need to re­plant, ei­ther on the same prop­erty or else­where, which presents op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy and sell land suit­able for trees.

My first ex­pe­ri­ence of farm forestry dates from that era. Around 40 hectares of a 300 hectare farm I mar­keted in the early nineties was planted in Pi­nus ra­di­ata, in part to pre­vent ero­sion, en­cour­aged by gov­ern­ment pol­icy rather than any long-term eco­nomic re­turn.

At that stage, few ap­pre­ci­ated

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