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Seeing the wood from the trees I NZ Forestry's bid for their social license



Forestry as a land-use in New Zealand is a heated discussion among sheep & beef farmers as the pinus radiata expands across pastoral farming countries with a bid to use afforestation to meet our countries climate change targets.



“Forestry is not just simply a monoculture of pine that's planted and harvested and replanted. There's lots of environmental and social benefits, as well as the economic benefits that come out of forestry, that is why I wanted to take you on a warts and all trip today,” invites Phil Taylor.

At the invitation from the Forest Owners Association, Phil Taylor this week’s Sarah’s Country’s Opinion Maker, follows Sarah on a trip to the Port Blakely forest in South Canterbury to provide an insight into how a production forest works:


  • What are they doing to deal with the slash from the side of the hills to avoid another Tolga Bay disaster?

  • How is forestry dealing with government’s focus on SNA’s (Significant Natural Areas) and indigenous biodiversity with their project to save the NZ falcon

  • Are pine forestry’s responsible for wilding pines?

  • Is there truth to pine forestry’s being ‘biological deserts’?

  • Do they worry about just planting one species for biosecurity reasons?

  • The huge focus on health & safety on a logging site

  • What does sustainable harvest management mean?

  • Does a shift in land-use to forests ruin communities?



Port Blakely grows and markets renewable forest products around the globe owning and managing sustainable working forests in Washington, Oregon & New Zealand.For information on Port Blakely, visit:https://portblakely.com/nz-forestry



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