No wonder kiwis say ‘wood is good’
Radiata Pine is grown in New Zealand as an exotic species from the Monterey peninsular in California. The majority of plantation forests are Forest Stewardship Council certified and requirements on growers include the need to consider employment, social, cultural and environmental impacts resulting in a level of environmental responsibility that doesn’t exist in other countries. The New Zealand Forest Owners’ Environmental Code of Practice for Plantation Forestry considers the protection of waterways, endangered species, historical sites, sediment control and the management of fuel, oil and wastes. Afforestation with Radiata Pine rehabilitates previously farmed soils by reducing compaction caused by stock, with soil condition improving with subsequent rotations.