One Billion Trees investments announced
Friday 12 Jul 2019
The One Billion Trees Programme is providing a funding boost of NZ$422,500 for research – led by Scion in partnership with other Bay of Plenty organisations – to identify more effective native seedling propagation techniques and technology.
“The aim is to understand what is and isn’t working and address those key issues including seedling survivability and how to create more efficient ways to produce good quality native seedlings” Shane Jones said. “There’s also the potential to see a more environmentally friendly approach to seedling production through the use of paper wrap instead of the usual plastic wrap – reducing waste in the industry.
“What’s important about this partnership is that it goes beyond just theory. Scion’s aim is to ensure their research into improving native seedling propagation is scalable and available to the industry at large,” Shane Jones said.
“This funding boost will accelerate the planting of native trees through improved and cost-effective propagation technologies. Our unique nursery research facilities combined with our other research capabilities in bioproducts allows us to pursue a more sustainable approach for New Zealand” Scion Chief Executive Dr Julian Elder said.
It was also announced that Crown Forestry will be investing NZ$5 million into two joint ventures that will see 330 hectares of land converted to productive forests. “The first joint venture is 194 hectares owned by Pukahukiwi Kaokaoroa 2 Incorporation while a further 141 hectares is owned by Waipapa 2B2 Ahu Whenua Trust” Shane Jones said.
“These properties included eucalyptus crops which failed to realise an income for the landowners. One of the core goals of the One Billion Trees Programme is supporting Māori to realise their land aspirations. This goes right to the heart of that.
“Not only will these partnerships create an income for the Trusts through rental and a share of the profits at harvest, there is also potential to upskill workers to eventually take over management of the forest from the Crown. Up to 235,000 trees will be planted on these two properties this season, with land preparation now underway”.
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