OjiFS has confirmed that all of its 25 wholly-owned forests, totalling 7,565 hectares and located in the Central North Island Fibre Basket (CNIFB) of New Zealand, are now Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified.
As part of that commitment and to improve biodiversity in their forests, the company have decided to plant specific areas with mixed New Zealand native shrubs and trees. Recently, their Fibre Procurement team planted 450 mixed native species around the entrance of the new Te Pae o Ngamoto (Tar Hill) Forest, which is owned and managed by OjiFS and located approximately 6 kms south of the company’s Kinleith Mill.
To help protect the plants from frost, animal browsing and wind, the team used FSC® certified (FSC-C016539) biodegradable plant guards, that replace plastic guard products. Biodegradable plant guards are custom-made and manufactured by OjiFS Packaging New Zealand, using coated solid fibre material to enhance the guard’s performance in the field, whilst enabling natural break down and decomposability.