Permanent forestry requiring improved forest management - a North Canterbury example

Authors: Adam S. Forbes
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2021, Issue N.Z.J.For. 66(1) 2021, pp 25-32, May 2021
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: Part of the response to the November 2016 Kaikoura M 7.8 earthquake was an investigation by Forbes Ecology Limited into permanent native forestry options across 420,500 ha of earthquake damaged hill and high country land to assist the affected communities (herein the Post-quake Farming/PQF project area). The affected land features rough topography, is typically farmed at low intensity, and individual farm units are often large (i.e. many exceed 2,000 ha in area). Secondary native vegetation is a significant feature of both grazed and ungrazed areas and covers a large proportion of public and private land. This paper outlines the work that was undertaken to better understand this permanent forestry opportunity and develop information to inform the future permanent forest management decisions of forest managers and owners.