This issue follows the NZIF conference in August which debated the
sector’s Forest Policy Project to develop a long-term inter-generational forest
policy. The policy will encompass conservation, plantation forests and wood processing,
with social, environmental and economic objectives. There are articles on why
the NZIF continues to advocate for the forest sector, the public’s perception
of forestry, the RMA, and the progress towards a National Environmental
Standard for Plantation Forestry, with Andrew McEwen having the last word. There
is a paper providing an estimate of the proportion of the small-scale forest
that is likely to be harvested and a paper on enhancing the productivity of
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