Forest

Forest

With innovation and experience we manage our forests on the East Coast following a long-term vision:

  • We believe that a mixed type forest gives us the best results in a future with uncertain climate conditions
  • To reduce the risks of a radiata pine monoculture we have started to establish an indigenous tree forest with the scope of harvesting high value timber over a longer period
  • Managing about 6 000 hectares of forest gives us the opportunity to operate efficiently and with scale
  • Our group management work’s closely together with the forestry service provider PF Olsen
In order to create a long-term sustainable forest, a good wood type mixture and age classes are as important as profitability. Since the beginning of the 20th Century most of the planted forests in NZ consist of pure Radiata Pine monocultures. This species grows in only 30 years to its optimal size before getting harvested and mostly shipped overseas.
Due to the worldwide problem of global warming single variety forest plantations will start facing a range of problems. To reduce the risk of being exposed too much to the consequences of a single forest variety we decided to plant other species.
We started with Red wood, Manuka and Douglas fir and from 2020 we will establish a native forest including Rimu, Kahikatea Tawa and Totara. This mixture, planted in different years, will ensure that our forests can be harvested on a continuous basis and have less risk of being affected by major natural events such as climate change or diseases.
We are convinced that natural regrowth is going to be the future in sustainable forestry as the trees grow more stable, the erosion of the soil is fewer and chemicals can be radically reduced. Therefore, we will start harvesting the indigenous trees selectively to allow seeds to grow by themselves to mature trees. In the Radiata Pine stands, we will continue to use the clear-cut method but instead of using weed killers before planting we will let the nature do its work and wait for the strong regrowth to emerge by itself.
As sustainability is very important to us we decided to expand our carbon credit purchases in order to compensate our emissions created by the Waikura group.
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