Forest head’s carbon hopes are still high

Commitment by forestry companies to invest in planting trees for carbon sinks has firmed with a large-scale forester committing 100,000ha to help meet New Zealand’s Paris Accord promises.

Foresters to stop cutting logs

Forest owners will stop harvesting logs for export this week because of a slow-down in the largest market, China, as it tries to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Forests must be in land rules

Forestry should be more closely integrated into land use policy to dispel some of the negativity surrounding increased planting on pastoral land, former hill country farmer and forestry consultant Garth Cumberland says.

Farm forester wants more unity

Long-time forester and farmer Denis Hocking has voiced his concern over claims farming is likely to be eclipsed by forestry and reinforced calls for the two sectors to integrate more closely.

Foresters resist anti-tree pressure

A national television advertisement might signal a longer campaign to push back against anti-forestry pressure in rural areas over trees shoving farming from the rural landscape.

Forestry head happy with initial effort

A year into the Billion Trees project farmers are being urged to take advantage of the remaining $80 million available in forestry grants for the ambitious 2028 target.

Trees debate ratchets up

Large swathes of agricultural land need not be planted in trees for New Zealand to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets, NZ’s largest carbon farmer says.

Foresters reject farm loss claims

Claims about pastoral farming being killed by forestry have been rejected by a forestry consultant as overstated and alarmist.

Farm land needs protection too

Productive farmland needs the same protection the Government is giving to vegetable-growing soils, Wairoa Mayor Craig Little says.

Warning of green desert of trees

Incentives for tree-planting credit schemes could create a great, green desert of radiata pine and trample native bush, officials have heard.

The Government proposes taxing farm livestock emissions and fertiliser emissions from 2025.