Concern over forestry spread

The Government has been accused of failing to fulfil election promises to protect quality soils from forest planting and to review the favourable treatment of foreign forestry investors.

Treasury to review forestry policy

The Government has approved the sale of 32,644ha of farmland to foreign buyers since 2018 for conversion to forestry under its special policy that encourages overseas investment into the sector.

Forest agency to boost capacity

Farmers and landowners can expect more extension support and advice with the  announcement Forestry New Zealand Te Uru Rakau will be moving to Rotorua from Wellington.

Carbon prices recover after inaugural auction

New Zealand carbon prices are recovering following the inaugural NZ Units (NZU) auction, with a closing price last Friday of $37.60 on Jarden’s CommTrade and $37.43 on competitor platform Carbon Match.

Canterbury makes the most of 1BT fund

The completion of the $176 million One Billion Trees (1BT) funding has Canterbury farmers in a sweet spot for grants to plant more trees.

Natives require sound funding

The end of the One Billion Trees (1BT) project initiated by the last coalition government has left a funding hole for the Government to fill if it is to meet the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) recommendations.

Forest diversity lowers planting risk

Diversity, whether in a diet, finance, farming or income, can be an ideal means to mitigate risk. Scion researcher Thales West’s work has found the same principle applies to forestry and can help lower risks in an industry constantly juggling with the uncertainty of harvest values many years in the future. He spoke to Richard Rennie.

Pine seedlings sold out before planting

Most forest tree nurseries have sold out of pine seedlings ahead of the winter planting season and industry sales should exceed 100 million seedlings this year.