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New Zealand to begin exporting pine to U.S.


A New Zealand trade group is ready to begin exporting pine to the United States and is hoping to export $66 million over the next three years. The New Zealand Radiata Pine Remanufacturers Assn. (RPRA) through its Trade Development Board is hoping to enter the dimension market.

"We are targeting the U.S. because our high-grade clear timbers are already in demand there and the demand for American Ponderosa pine cannot be met due to dwindling supplies and environmental pressures on the resource," said Gerald Hunt, RPRA executive director.

According to RPRA, New Zealand now has 1.2 million hectares of plantations which cover 4 percent of the country's land area. Natural forests cover 23 percent and farm land 54 percent, leaving "scope for much more planting," Hunt said.
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Title Annotation:Trends & News
Author:Adams, Larry
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 1, 1991
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