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Interest in Forestry: central
The New Zealand Forest Owners Association (NZFOA) represents the owners of New Zealand's commercial plantation forests. It was set up in 1926 and is now one of the country's most influential primary sector organisations.
Its members own or manage more than 80 per cent of the country's 1.88 million hectares of plantation forests.
With annual export earnings of $3.3 billion in 2005/06, plantation forestry is New Zealand's third largest export earner. It is a major regional employer, with 8260 individuals employed in forestry and logging in 2004, and 23,402 employed in first stage processing. See Facts & Figures.
Investment by members in research and technology, supported by the NZ Government, means plantation forestry is highly innovative. This is reflected in the commitment of the association and its members to the highest standards of sustainable silviculture, environmental practice and workforce safety.
In recent years this has led to be development of codes of practice and standards which have world-leader status. These codes and standards have been adopted by most industry players.