More grants to boost tree planting
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.