In the media
Nelson Forests helps to drive forestry’s huge contribution to Nelson-Tasman
The forestry sector is one
of the most important contributors to the Nelson-Tasman economy, as
an employer, port customer, supplier of raw materials to local businesses, and as an exporter. Plantation forests in the region are managed sustainably, providing jobs for local people for more than four generations.
Forestry’s importance, particularly to the Tasman region, is clearly demonstrated in the latest six-monthly figures from the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency measuring the relative contribution of various sectors to the local economy. Agency Chief Executive Bill Findlater says the forestry sector (which includes timber processing) can lay claim to contributing about $430 million to the region’s
GDP. This puts it just behind the horticulture sector, which contributes $431 million. (The figures quoted are from 2012 but Mr Findlater believes 2013 figures will be on a par.)