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TIMBERLANDS PINE MILLED OFF THE WEST COAST
From: Supplementary Questions for Timberlands West Coast Limiteds 1996/97 Financial Review by the Primary Production Committee.
Timberlands exotic estate = 26,000 hectares
1997 Timberlands annual review figures:-
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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