One Billion Trees back in the news
NZPPI has its eye firmly on this project and is pursuing a further meeting with MPI and Forestry New Zealand to bring it back to ‘front of mind’ for our members.
Good news came from Forestry Minister Shane Jones last week in the announcement that the programme will receive a $240 million boost. And suggestion is strong that as many as two-thirds of the trees planted via this boost will be natives.
“The new grants scheme will provide simple and accessible direct funding to landowners for the cost of planting and establishing trees and regenerating indigenous forest. Private landowners, government agencies, NGOs and iwi will all be able to apply,” he said.
“These grants will be available from later this year and we’re aiming to encourage the planting of natives, trees for erosion control, and environmentally-focused planting – all ensuring we have the right tree in the right place for the right purpose.
“These grants will see an additional 60 million new trees in the ground over the next three years.”
The Government has stated that the new grants are intended for land owners to encourage them to plant native species. This will likely flow through to nurseries as an increase in the demand for native trees. The Government has not announced any new direct subsidies for plant nurseries.