More grants to boost tree plant­ing

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

AN­OTHER $5.9 MIL­LION IS BE­ING GIVEN TO LANDOWN­ERS na­tion­wide to plant 4,574 hectares of trees un­der Te Uru Rākau’s (Forestry New Zealand’s) Af­foresta­tion Grants Scheme (AGS) in its last year un­der the cur­rent for­mat.

In the last round, 83 ap­pli­ca­tions were ap­proved, which re­sulted in 2,788 hectares be­ing planted in the North Is­land and 1,785 hectares in the South Is­land.

The lat­est AGS grants will con­trib­ute about 4.5 mil­lion trees to the gov­ern­ment’s One Bil­lion Trees pro­gramme.

This will see South­land, Waikato and the Manawatū-Whanganui re­gions plant­ing the largest amount of trees, with 1,246, 1,220 and 428 hectares re­spec­tively. But don’t ex­pect to see many pines in the mix, as Mānuka will make up the great­est num­bers.

With the 2018 fund­ing round com­plete, the AGS will be re­placed by a new grants scheme, which will be launched later this year un­der the One Bil­lion Trees pro­gramme.

“The new forestry grant scheme will be sim­pli­fied and ac­ces­si­ble and will con­tinue to help landown­ers meet the cost of plant­ing and es­tab­lish­ing trees,” says Steve Penno, Direc­tor of Te Uru Rākau’s in­vest­ment pro­grammes. “The goal will al­ways be to en­sure we have the right tree in the right place, for the right pur­pose.”

The new forestry grant scheme will be funded through the Provin­cial Growth Fund (PGF) with $118 mil­lion set aside over the next 3 years.

A fur­ther $120 mil­lion has been set aside for part­ner­ship projects that will work to cre­ate closer re­la­tion­ships with re­gional coun­cils, non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­searchers, train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, Māori landown­ers, and com­mu­nity groups.


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