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
FOA has made sure the forest industry view
FOA Environmental Code of Practice
Over a period of three years the Forest Owners Association with input from its members
FOA Drug and Alcohol Policy
The FOA Drug and Alcohol policy was launched