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From January 2014 an industry levy has been imposed on all harvested wood from New Zealand plantation forests. Currently set at 27c per tonne the levy collects around $10 million a year, which is administered by a Trust and invested in areas of research, development and promotion to further advance NZ forestry both here and overseas. The Trust website is

Forest Growers levy

Growing the forest story: Forest Call

Forestry has come out of the shadows into the spotlight. Our industry is undoubtedly New Zealand’s main weapon against climate change by locking up vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Forest Call Episode 1
    Join Don Carson for an inside look into Forestry in NZ. This show has an extensive interview with Forestry Minister Shane Jones plus new technology being used in our forests.…
  • Forest Call Episode 2
    In Forest Call this week we look at falcons and kaka, two quite different examples of endangered bird species in our plantation forests, and talk to Scion’s fire research team…
  • Forest Call episode 3
    In Forest Call this week we talk to Paul Burridge about the career opportunities for young people in forestry – the sector with the most guaranteed growth curve. We also…
  • Forest Call episode 4
    Today we head off out of the forests and off to some tall timber of another sort. Wooden construction high rise. It was once that going to two stories, with…
  • Forest Call episode 5
    Today we make a call on Climate Change, what trees can do about resisting it and how it works. Plus an interview with Murray Sherwin from NZ Productivity Commission 2…
  • Forest Call episode 6
    This week we look at native trees with a trip to Matakana and other species including eucalyptus and Pinus radiata. plus an interview with Peter Berg. One post Post from…
  • Forest Call episode 7
    This week our focus is on health and safety. Forestry gets bad press for safety performance. However in real terms,, the forest industry does a better job of health and…
  • Forest Call episode 8
    Forest Call this week looks at how the industry is dealing with the issue of forest debris flows from the massive storms at Tolaga Bay and Takaka earlier this year.…
  • Forest Call episode 9
    On this show Geoff Thompson from the Forest growers Levy Trust; and a report on new technology to fight moths from Scion. One post Post from Dean Satchell on October 10,…
  • Forest Call episode 10
    In the final of our series Don Carson looks at pests, diseases and the science going into our forestry industry. No posts yetAdd a post

Levy News

Levy funded guidelines

  • Timber Harvesting in New Zealand
    Plantation forests occupy about 7% of the NZ land area and forestry and logging employ about 7,000 people directly. About 50,000 ha., or 25 million m3, is harvested each year.…

  • Small scale forestry safety guidelines
    The following is not a comprehensive guide to health and safety for small-scale forestry. It is an outline introduction to some of the requirements and responsibilities of the current health…


Forest Growers Research

FGR Research programmes

FGR Conference presentations

Forest Growers Research Annual Conference, October 2017
  • Forest Growers Levy Update
  • Risk Management
    1. Red needle cast and other needle diseases of radiata pine
    2. Satellite monitoring of red needle cast (RNC)
    3. Myrtle rust
    4. Responding to new pest incursions in urban areas
    5. Log fumigation: update on research into alternatives to methyl bromide
  • Licence to Operate
    1. Erosion sources and sediment pathways to streams associated with forest harvesting activities
    2. Effectiveness of riparian margins for trapping sediment in steepland plantations
    3. ErodeNZ: the story so far
    4. Stream recovery in harvested catchments following a major storm
    5. The fate of copper in waterways
    6. Material flows and end uses of harvested wood products produced from New Zealand log exports
  • Small Forest Grower Research
    1. Eucalyptus nitens breeding
    2. Performance of naturally durable eucalypt posts in Marlborough vineyards
    3. The Forecaster Calculator V1
    4. Improving small plantation and woodlot inventory
  • Nursery & Seedling Optimisation, Bio-Stimulants, & Foliar Fertilising
    1. Nursery and seedling optimisation
    2. Murray’s Nurseries: low input and innovative nursery management
    3. Bio-protection successes
    4. Biostimulants and foliar sprays
  • Remote Sensing
    1. Industry applications of UAVs
    2. Summary of Remote Sensing projects at Scion
    3. Remote sensing adoption within the forest industry



Tree Grower articles

  • The levy on harvested wood after five years
    Geoff Thompson, August 2018
    Forestry is in the spotlight now but for a long time was an industry taken for granted and largely banished from bureaucratic interest. During that time there was a grumbling…
  • New technology for targeted pest detection and control
    Tara Strand and Harriet Palmer, August 2018
    Most small-scale forest owners spend a good deal of time keeping their fingers crossed that their trees will survive to harvest age. While crossing fingers is about all that can…
  • New radiata pine calculator
    Harriet Palmer, August 2018
    Farm foresters can now test out different management options for existing or planned radiata pine plantations with a new on-line calculator – the Forecaster Radiata Pine Calculator. This is a…
  • The levy-funded Forest Resources and Environment Committee
    Don Wallace, November 2017
    The Forest Resources and Environment Committee, commonly known as the Environment Committee, is one of several joint NZFFA/NZFOA committees funded by the Forest Growers Levy. It is chaired by Peter…
  • Improving small plantation and woodlot inventory using remote sensing - how you can help
    Jonathan Dash and Michael Watt, May 2017
    Small plantations and woodlots comprise around 36 per cent of the total New Zealand plantation estate. Growers of these woodlots include an estimated 14,000 small-scale and medium-scale forest owners and…
  • Eyes in the Sky
    Michelle Harnett and Jonathan Dash, May 2017
    Lit up like a Christmas tree is a good description of a laser-generated image of a forest. Stunning images aside, research in New Zealand and overseas is showing that the…
  • The Forest Industry Safety Council report
    Allan Laurie, February 2017
    The work of the Forestry Industry Safety Council (FISC) continues to gain momentum under the Chairmanship of Dame Alison Paterson and the management of National Safety Director, Fiona Ewing. I…
  • Levy funded research conference
    Julian Bateson, February 2017
    In mid-October last year, the Forest Growers Research Conference was held in Napier. It was a two-day event with the first day devoted to talks and presentations and a field…
  • Helping owners of small-scale forests know more about the forest growers' levy
    Glenn Tims and Bruce Bulloch, February 2017
    In this page: Roadshows begin Portrait of  forest growers' levy information session The NZFFA receives some funding from the Forest Growers Levy Trust to communicate with all small- scale forest…
  • Timber Harvesting in New Zealand
    Rien Visser, NZ School of Forestry, Roads, Earthworks and Harvesting
    Plantation forests occupy about 7% of the NZ land area and forestry and logging employ about 7,000 people directly. About 50,000 ha., or 25 million m3, is harvested each year.…
  • Forest biosecurity surveillance What does GIA mean for the little guys?
    Bill Dyck, August 2016
    Commercial plantation forestry has entered a new era with a Government Industry Agreement on biosecurity incursions. The NZ Forest Owners Association was the formal signatory for the forestry industry when…
  • The Forest Industry Safety Council What is it up to?
    Ian Jackson, May 2016
    On March 16 at the Forestwood conference in Auckland, on behalf of NZFFA, I signed the charter for the Forest Industry Safety Council. This was signed on behalf of the…
  • Scion Rural Fire Research Group – Understanding extreme fire behaviour
    Richard Parker, Veronica Clifford, Tara Strand, Grant Pearce & Lisa Langer, May 2016
    The Scion Rural Fire Research Group is New Zealand’s only provider of specialist fire research expertise in forest and rural landscapes.We develop science and technology to protect life and property,…
  • Special purpose timbers research project
    Peter Berg, February 2016
    Scion’s diverse species programme came to an end a year or so ago. At this time a number of people in the forest growing community became concerned that initiatives in…
  • Road shows about the forest grower levy
    Hamish Levack, February 2016
    The forest grower levy was established at the beginning of 2014 and has had a significant effect. Before the levy was introduced the few large corporate forest owners contributed voluntarily…
  • Levy funded Transportation Committee
    John Robinson, November 2015
    The Transportation Committee has a work programme to complete on behalf of the wider levy paying community. This programme aims to represent the interests of all forest growers in matters…
  • Douglas fir and Swiss needle cast
    Patrick Milne, May 2015
    Douglas fir, with upwards of 110,000 hectares planted, is New Zealand’s second most commonly planted forest tree. Often referred to as Oregon pine, it is now mostly planted on higher altitude…
  • Forest research in the levy environment
    Patrick Milne, May 2015
    The forest commodity levy of 27 cents a tonne of harvested wood has been collected since the beginning of 2014. In the first year approximately three million dollars or half…
  • The forest growers’ levy and how it is working
    Geoff Thompson, May 2014
    For those of us harvesting since the beginning of January there is a new line item in the reporting invoice. A levy of 27 cents a tonne is deducted from…
  • Management of forest growing research and development - The levy at work
    Russell Dale, August 2014
    With the introduction of a compulsory forest growing levy in January 2014, much of the industry-good research which was previously funded by voluntary contributions from industry members is now funded…
  • Forest biosecurity committee
    Bill Dyck, November 2014
    With over 1,000 pests and pathogens worldwide which can attack radiata pine, and thousands more that can affect other New Zealand plantation species, it is critical that the forestry sector…
  • Standing up for the small-scale grower
    Roger May, February 2013
    Since the mid-1980s when the government sold most of the taxpayer-owned forest plantations and placed most of Crown-owned indigenous forest into the Department of Conservation, the New Zealand forest industry…
  • Forest growers’ proposed commodity levy
    Ian Jackson, November 2012
    A proposal to introduce a compulsory commodity levy on logs and other forest products at the time of harvest is expected to be voted on by forest growers during March…



  • Steve Wilton re-elected to Forest Levy board October 2015
    Steve Wilton has been re-elected to the Forest Growers Levy Trust board as a representative of growers of small plantation forests. He was challenged by Guy Farman who, like Mr…
  • Forest grower poll open October 2015
    Voting is now open for the person who will represent owners of smaller forests on the Forest Growers Levy Trust board. Voting is now open for the person who will…
  • Forest Growers Levy Trust 2015 Board Election September 2015
    Voting for board vacancy 5 – 16 October 2015: Notice to representatives of owners of less than 1000 ha of forest. For voting and entitlement information plus the voting form…
  • Notice to Forest Growers Levy Payers August 2015
    Nominations to fill board vacancies open 1 - 18 September 2015 For more information visit
    Audited voting results: Successful candidates Greater than 1,000 ha net stocked area category – weighted forest production votes Philip Taylor Paul Nicholls Bill McCallum David James Balfour Under 1,000 ha…
  • NZFFA member nominations to Levy Board standing for less than 1000 ha category November 2013
  • Forest growers to elect first board October 2013
    The Forest Growers Levy Trust, the new organisation representing the interests of all plantation forest owners, large and small, is calling for nominations for its first elected board.  Chair Geoff…
    A referendum of forest growers has shown strong support for a levy on harvested forest products. "We have been given the thumbs-up to introduce a funding system that will provide…
    Polls in the Forest Voice referendum will be open from 1-29 March, a week longer than originally intended. The organisers, the Forest Growers Levy Trust, say this will make voting…
  • Forest growers plan industry vote October 2012
    Forest growers will decide the future direction and funding of their industry in a referendum being held in March next year. “Forestry has a huge untapped potential. To achieve that…

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