TIP is about land use based on an appropriate relationship between people and the environment, economics and the future. Tōtara offers a remarkable opportunity to combine economic and environmental regeneration in Northland.
Commercial viability of regenerating farm-tōtara, managed sustainably using a continuous-cover forestry model to produce high-value timber is being investigated. The availability, quality and characteristics of the trees, logs, sawn lumber and dried timber is being assessed, and will be used to evaluate the opportunity.
The project will also recommend a structure for a new industry based on sustainably managed farm-tōtara to deliver on the bottom-line objectives of economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits.
We aim to test a business case for a new regional industry based on this farm-tōtara.