New Zealand Forest Service widens National Exotic Forest Description survey to include small scale forest owners; official says small forests could contribute to more than 40% of wood supply in next decade and it is important to identify trends, issues

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DUNEDIN, New Zealand , August 5, 2022 (press release) –

The annual National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) survey has been widened to include small scale forest owners in New Zealand. The survey is run on a two-year cycle, with known forest owners and managers of more than 1,000 hectares surveyed one year, and between 40 hectares and 999 hectares surveyed the next year. The 2021 survey covered the over 1,000 hectares cohort.

Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service has opened the 2022 survey to landowners with forests of less than 40 hectares. Matt Dilly, Team Leader, Data & Analysis, says the survey is important to maintaining a database of New Zealand’s planted exotic production forests.

“The information is used extensively by Government and the wider forestry sector for wood availability forecasting, infrastructure planning, and for developing policy which impacts the forestry sector,” says Matt Dilly.

“It is important we identify the emerging trends and issues across New Zealand’s forestry and wood processing sectors which are undergoing change with more people, companies and organisations entering the sector, commercial and environmental considerations, and different tree species being planted”.

“It is estimated small forests could contribute to more than 40 per cent of wood supply in the next decade.” The survey collects data on forest area by age, changes in forest area and information on new planting, replanting, harvesting, and land use change. The annual survey has been improved and is easy to fill in.

“All responses to the survey are treated as confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. Personal details provided by individual forest owners and managers are seen only by people directly involved with running the survey,” said Matt Dilly.

The survey is completed online and closes on 15 August. For more details on the survey, please email MPI your contact details, nefd@mpi.govt.n

Source: Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service

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