Paper production supports sustainable forest management
New Zealand has a total of 10.1 million hectares of forests, covering 38% of the land area forest have increased by 27% and 54% between 2003 and 2013; annually only around 11% of forests are affected by pests and diseases, and 0.21% and 0.004% by wind and fire.
With the increasing standing volume, the amount of carbon sequestered has also increased to 454m tonnes in 2012. 94% of the plantation forest estate is in some form of private ownership, with the principal management objective being the commercial production of timber construction, not paper supply.
New Zealand Planted Forest Portal, 2015
Victoria has 7.1 million hectares of public native forest which covers around 31% of the State. 66% of this forest is reserved in parks and Special Protection Zones. 93% of Victoria’s public native forest is currently unavailable or unsuitable for timber harvesting.
Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2018
In Australia and Northern Europe, paper comes from managed regrowth forests or planted forests where the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting is carefully controlled. Australia alone has two million hectares of working forests and growing. That equates to over 1,000,000 MCG’s in land area covered! In New Zealand, 100% of wood-based production comes from planted forests, no native harvesting exists