Jones gets forestry portfolio

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Shane Jones Minister for 100 million trees - Shane Jones will be the Minister responsible for spending $1 billion a year on New Zealand's regions.

Newshub reported this morning that Jones will also be in charge of the new Forestry Service, which will plant 100 million trees a year - with the goal of planting a billion over 10 years.

The goal is to take jobs to the regions with roles in planting and nurseries.

It is understood that about 50 million trees are already planted in New Zealand each year, meaning the new Government's planting will double that.

The plan will require 1000 stems per hectare, over 100,000 hectares.

There is an environmental element to the plan, as forests planted on Department of Conservation land will be native trees acting as permanent "carbon sinks" to counter climate change.

Trees will also be planted on Maori-owned land and there will be a big emphasis on getting Maori into jobs.

The new Government department's headquarters will be based in Rotorua.

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Source: Newshub

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