More new forests funded through grant scheme

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

A TO­TAL OF 5,183HA OF NEW FOR­EST will be planted by 101 ap­pli­cants who have re­ceived sup­port through the 2017 Af­foresta­tion Grant Scheme fund­ing round, As­so­ciate Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Louise Up­ston has an­nounced.

The Af­foresta­tion Grant Scheme (AGS), ad­min­is­tered by the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries, aims to es­tab­lish new forests by pro­vid­ing grants of $1,300 per hectare to suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants.

“Es­ti­mates sug­gest that 1.1 mil­lion hectares of land is at se­ri­ous risk of ero­sion, and for­est cover is the best form of ero­sion con­trol. Through the AGS, we aim to plant 15,000ha of new for­est by 2020,” says Ms Up­ston.

“The lat­est fund­ing round drew 40 ap­pli­ca­tions and 400ha more than last year’s. That brings the to­tal num­ber of hectares funded through the AGS since 2015 to 12,451, putting us well on track to achiev­ing our 15,000ha goal by 2020.

“New forests cre­ated through the AGS will im­prove land-use pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­gional eco­nomic devel­op­ment. It will also de­liver en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits such as re­duc­ing soil ero­sion, im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity and ab­sorb­ing around 1.9 mil­lion tonnes of car­bon ev­ery year.”

NZL

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