Official website of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association


Specialty Wood Products Partnership reports


Programme description

The Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership (SWP) is a partnership between Government and industry which aims to develop a high-value specialty wood products industry based on alternatives to radiata pine, namely Douglas-fir, eucalypts and cypresses. Forestry is New Zealand’s third largest primary export earner, but it relies heavily on a single species, radiata pine. This leaves the industry vulnerable to fluctuations in demand, unable to capitalise on some market opportunities, and, with such large areas of a single species,…
More »

Tree Grower articles

  • Major Specialty Wood Products partners lead the way
    Harriet Palmer and Peter Berg, May 2019
    The Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership is a government and industry partnership which aims to develop high-value markets for timber from alternative, or specialty, species. The partners include several major large-scale…

SWP Programme

  • Programme description
    SWP-T043 - Access: unrestricted.
    March 2018
    The Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership (SWP) is a partnership between Government and industry which aims to develop a high-value specialty wood products industry based on alternatives to radiata pine,…

  • Expert Advisory Panel review of the SWP programme - 2017
    SWP-T035 - Access: unrestricted.
    July 2017
    The project has many strengths and a few weaknesses (detailed in the body of the report). The main strengths include active industry/research collaborations, strong science, and a large team with…


Regional strategies

  • Forest Protection SSIF research on species other than radiata pine 2018/19
    SWP-T081 - Access: NZFFA membership. This SWP report shall at all times be kept confidential and not directly or indirectly be made available to anyone who is not an SWP member.
    June 2019
    Plantation species other than Pinus radiata (radiata pine), in particular Douglas-fir and eucalypts, form an important part of a diversified forest estate. Douglas-fir is planted over approx. 105,000 ha. and is the…

  • Alternative Species Site Mapping Review and Analysis
    SWP-T004 - Access: unrestricted.
    June 2016
    Background Commercial forestry in New Zealand is dominated by the site insensitive species Pinus radiata (radiata pine). The commercial planting of non-radiata pine (alternative) forestry species over the last century has…

(top)

Farm Forestry - Headlines