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TIMBERLANDS PINE MILLED OFF THE WEST COAST

From: Supplementary Questions for Timberlands West Coast Limited’s 1996/97 Financial Review by the Primary Production Committee.

Timberlands exotic estate = 26,000 hectares

1997 Timberlands annual review figures:-

Mills Log Grade Location Volume m3
5 High West Coast 28,500
3 High Canty/Nelson 11,145
6 Medium West Coast 26,589
5 Medium Canty/Nelson 44,478
3 Low West Coast 6,333
2 Low Canty/Nelson 11,807
Total     128,852

Total harvest = 128,852 cubic meters.

Milled in Canterbury/Nelson

Total = 67,430 cubic meters = 52% of total.

High = 8.65%

Medium = 34.5%

Low = 9.1%

43% of total harvest that is taken to off the Coast is high and medium grade timber.

9.1% " " " low grade timber.

More than 82% of the timber that is milled off the West Coast is high and medium grade timber.

Milled on West Coast

Total = 61,422 cubic meters = 48% of total

High = 22.1%

Medium = 20.6%

Low = 4.9%

This pine was planted for the benefit of the West Coast timber industry, not for the Canterbury and Nelson regional economies. These two regions have far more resources than the West Coast. If this timber was milled on the West Coast there would be no need to log native forest. The government should be placing emphasis on added value processing on the West Coast including manufacturing, rather than expanding indigenous logging.

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