Story: Logging native forests

Production of sawn timber, 1921–2005

Production of sawn timber, 1921–2005

This graph shows the gradual decrease in milling of native timber and the dramatic increase in exotic timber production from 1921, when a state forestry programme began. Although the production of exotic timber exceeded that of native species by 1960, and continued to increase, native forests were still logged steadily into the 1970s. Political change then led to a decline, and now only a minuscule amount of native timber is produced in New Zealand.

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Source: Forestry Statistics Section, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - Sustainable forest management', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007