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Way to grow trees, skills and wellbeing

The Government’s billion trees programme could offer an educational opportunity for New Zealanders. And the Waitaki Community Gardens Trust wants to launch a project that shows how, reports the Otago Daily Times…

Scope of the Forest Strategy for Aotearoa

As part of an Environmental Workshop hosted by Te Uru Rākau, this picture was created to give an idea of the elements involved in New Zealand’s Forestry Strategy.

Update on 1 billion trees programme

According to Ministers Shane Jones and Damien O’Connor, the 1 Billion Trees programme is aimed at farmers, with a target of two-thirds natives and the remainder plantation. Farmers could tap into $240 million in grants but there had not been a big uptake.   “I’ve been puzzled over why they have  been so slow to come… Read more »

Dairy farmers’ planting obsession

Dairy farmers Mark and Jennifer McDonald began planting native trees on their Methven property in 2009, and now bird life is returning and water quality has improved, Mark says. More in this piece from RNZ.

Māori land use statistics

Mount Hikurangi near Ruatoria in New Zealand

Te whakamahinga whenua Neke atu i te haurua o ngā whenua e whakahaeretia ana e ngā pāmu Māori he pārae otaota i te tau 2018 (51 ōrau, tōna 228,000 heketea).Ko tōna hauwhā he ngahere paina (23 ōrau, tōna 104,000 heketea). Ko te toenga he puihi, he mānuka me ētahi atu whenua. Tērā hoki tōna whenua… Read more »

Carbon farming can provide better returns than sheep and beef

Farmers on a 800 ha hill country farm near Shannon find “carbon farming” more profitable than sheep farming. The farmers aim to return the whole property to natives and in the meantime are carbon farming exotic species to fund the transition. A recent report from Rabobank shows the returns from carbon farming can be better… Read more »

Seeing the forest

All pathways to net zero carbon by 2050 depend on planting more trees. But does the type of tree make a difference and what role can natives play in the Government’s One Billion Tree Programme? This article from the Otago Daily Times looks at the possibilities in an easy to understand manner. https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/resilient/seeing-forest