A pilot study is being funded to investigate the feasibility of setting up of a sustainable Tōtara harvesting and timber production industry in Northland.
Kick-started with $1million provided by the Provincial Growth Fund, Scion and Northland Inc, the study will focus on selective felling of Tōtara trees that have regenerated in abundance on Northland farms.
A steering group drawn from representatives of Scion, Ministry for Primary Industries, Northland Tōtara Working group, Tai Tokerau Māori Forests and Northland Inc has been set up to investigate what it will take to establish a successful venture.
If successful, the pilot study could pave the way for sustainable native forestry to take place across New Zealand.
A successful Tōtara industry could see the production of high value timber products grow to be worth around $60 million per year.
Steering group member, Paul Quinlan, says: “The Tōtara Industry Pilot project is quite focused on making sure this is not business as usual, but a new and different model. Something better than we have ever seen before.”...
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