Editor’s pickU.S. a growing market for New Zealand Redwood

05-09-2018
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Redwood is protected in the United States. Image credit: Martha Bergmann

The forestry industry in New Zealand had found a growing market for Redwood timber in California, selling to desperate buyers not allowed to harvest the protected trees in the United States (U.S.). And Redwood, also known as Sequoia, is plentiful in New Zealand, according to Radio New Zealand, where approximately 8,000 hectares (19,770 acres) can be found in 14 locations.

Moreover, the New Zealand Redwood Company has purchased 1,148 hectares (2,836 acres) of land at Matiere, South Waikato, generating six full-time jobs a years for the duration of the forest’s life by adding 100 hectares (247 acres) annually.

“Growth rates in New Zealand are significantly higher than they are in their native California,” Simon Rapley, the general manager, said. “California is a very dry part of the world and consequently trees grow a lot slower than they do in New Zealand.”

The first harvesting is due to take place in 2035.