The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association partnered with the Forest Owners Association to introduce a Forest Growers levy. From January 2014 an industry levy has been imposed on all harvested wood from New Zealand plantation forests. Currently set at 33c 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 http://www.fglt.org.nz/
Forest Growers levy
The purpose of the FGLT is largely to help advance the New Zealand plantation forestry industry both domestically and internationally.
The current levy rate is 33c per tonne of harvested wood for the 2023 year. “Harvested wood” means logs, posts, poles, forest residues, binwood, hog fuel and woodchips produced in New Zealand and sourced from a plantation forest, either exotic or native. The levy does not apply to bark sold separately, Christmas trees or domestic firewood, or production from natural native forests.
The 2022 Work Programme was approved by the FGLT Board in December 2021. Each quarter of 2022, an update on progress is summarised as a regular update to levy payers.
The annual work programme covers a broad range of industry good activities and these reports assume familiarity with the projects within the annual work programme. Please refer to the work programme document for a full description of each project, as the quarterly updates are intended as a snapshot of progress.
The quarterly reports are broken down into financials and then activity under three broad headings – operational, administraton and the levy funding work programme, with projects by committee in the second document.
QUARTERLY REPORTS for 2022 and copies of the annual work programme & quarterly reports for earlier years are available on the FGLT website