Forests on farms - Viable again?

Wednesday 13 Dec 2017

Farmland viable for some forest planting with changes coming. The Forest Owners Association says there are terrific opportunities for farmers to get into forestry now the government's announced an ambitious scheme to plant an extra billion trees in the next decade.

The government wants an extra 50 thousand hectares of trees to be planted each year, and this is on top of the 50 thousand a year that comes from existing forests being replanted after harvest.

This of course is music to the Forest Owners Association's ears. This scale of planting hasn't happened for years, and is needed for the government to meet commitments made at the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015.

The Forest Owners Association says farmers should be excited too.

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Source: RNZ

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