The Gisborne region is situated in the east of New Zealand's North Island and meets all Forest Enterprises criteria for afforestation - good growth rates, land of medium contour, an extensive forestry infrastructure and an excellent log export port.
As at 1 April 1999 it was estimated that there were 154,000 hectares of planted forests in the Gisborne region.
Major forest owners (in addition to Forest Enterprises Investors) include JNL, Ernslaw One and Hikurangi Forest Farms.
The volume of log exports through the Port of Gisborne has increased dramatically in recent years. In the year to March 2010, the port handled over 1,000,000 tonnes of log exports.
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