About New Zealand Forest Owners Association

The New Zealand Forest Owners Association (FOA) represents the owners of New Zealand's commercial plantation forests. It was set up in 1926 and is now one of the country's most influential primary sector organisations.

Its members own or manage around two-thirds of the country's 1.79 million hectares of plantation forests and are responsible for over 80% of the annual harvest.

With annual export earnings of $4.7 billion in 2011/12, plantation forestry is New Zealand's third largest export earner. It is a major regional employer, with 6500 individuals employed in forestry and logging in 2010, and 17,615 employed in forestry and first stage processing.

Investment by members in research and technology, supported by the NZ government, means plantation forestry is highly innovative. This is reflected in the commitment of the association and its members to the highest standards of sustainable silviculture, environmental practice and workforce safety.

In recent years this has led to be development of codes of practice and standards which have world-leader status. These codes and standards have been adopted by most industry players.

Emissions Trading Scheme

Emissions Trading Scheme

FOA has made sure the forest industry view
has been heard on the Emissions Trading
Scheme and the potential contribution forestry could be making to NZ’s environmental goals.

Environmental Code of Practice

FOA Environmental Code of Practice

Over a period of three years the Forest Owners Association with input from its members
developed the "FOA Environmental Code of Practice".

Drug & Alcohol Code of Practice

FOA Drug and Alcohol Policy

The FOA Drug and Alcohol policy was launched
in October 2008, then taken to a series of
regional launches attended by nearly 1500 industry professionals.