New report ranks plantation forestry best for land use

Wednesday 5 May 2021

A recently released Ministry for the Environment (Mfe)report scores exotic forestry highly for its low impact on soils. - The MfE report identified exotic forests as the land use by far the least affected by low macroporosity, which is an indication of poor drainage. MfE analysis found only 11% of exotic forests were below the macroporosity target range, whereas 75% of lifestyle blocks had the problem.

Likewise, MfE found only 12% of exotic forest soils had higher than a target range of phosphate. This element can have downstream environmental impacts, such as lowering water oxygen levels or promoting toxic algal growth.

Forest Owner Association President Phil Taylor also identifies another part of the report which assesses the higher Land Use Capability classes, 1-4 as ‘most productive for pasture and forestry’.

“I hope our primary sector ministers take that point on board. They need to realise that forestry is a valid productive use choice for landowners. The ministers’ suggestions during the election campaign that this productivity only applies to farming are quite wrong and so they ought to drop their ideas of preventing productive and profitable forestry on these land classes.”

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Source: NZ Forest Owners Association

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