Growing fuel a double benefit

New Zealand faces some tough targets under its Paris Accord climate change obligations and while agriculture is under pressure to reduce its portion of greenhouse emissions there is also room for the transport sector to reduce its 23% portion of national emissions.

All Pamu farms off the market

Just three of the 10 farms Landcorp put up on the market in 2016 have sold with the remaining two farms now withdrawn from the market under directions from the Government.

Pamu boosts tree planting programme

The Government’s billion-tree programme has received an early boost with Pamu, formerly Landcrop, ready to plant 2000ha in the next two years.

The Government plans to use its $1 billion annual Provincial Growth Fund to encourage the planting of a billion trees in the next decade, equivalent to 10,000ha of forestry, of which half will be new planting.

More land is needed for trees

The Government will rent from landowners or enter joint ventures to access land for a portion of the billion trees it proposes planting in the next 10 years.

Crown Forestry manager Warwick Foran said to meet the policy 50,000ha of new land had to be planted each year in addition to 50,000ha of replanting. 

Log exports hit new price high

Export log prices have set a new record, driven by continued strong demand from China, lower shipping rates and a favourable exchange rate.

Govt must turn logs into jobs

Pressure needs to be applied to trade partners to lift forest sector processing opportunities here, its leader say

Boffins unlock pine tree secrets

Sorting through billions of bits of data will allow scientists to read the story that tells them all about pine trees collectively and individually. That will allow them to naturally select trees best suited to particular areas and those best equipped to face the challenges of climate change while shortening the growing time. They told Richard Rennie about the Herculean task.

Sectors differ on ETS inclusion

Two primary sectors have offered starkly contrasting views on how they should be treated in emissions trading as the Productivity Commission mulls over submissions to its low emissions economy inquiry.

Forest growth needs more farmers

Tree numbers, labour availability or infrastructure standards won’t determine the success of the Government’s ambitious plans to put an extra 50,000 hectares of land into trees over the coming decade.