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February, 2022

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Forestry Minister has strategic leadership opportunity in farm forestry

The Farm Forestry Association says Forestry Minister, Stuart Nash, should incentivise farmers to plant more trees to combat climate change. 

Association President Graham West asks, “Why isn’t the government working with farmers to plant their own trees, rather than Stuart Nash seeming to have a priority of restricting landowner choice on species and land class?”

“Focusing on regulation may be a government role.  But so too is leadership. Farm forestry needs confidence that the government will promote it rather than meddle.” 

Graham West believes forestry is the only technology capable of reversing at scale the accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide.  

“As we have left this problem to this late hour, we now must act decisively. There is no perfect solution. I suggest the government simply incentivise farmers through a guaranteed 10-year carbon price scheme, e.g. guarantee to buy the carbon at an agreed price with half up front to cover establishment costs. This would encourage farmers and give them confidence to plant whatever land they liked with whatever species they choose. It’s in their interest to solve this and they will.” 

West argues that the farm forestry model is well proven and most farmers know this.  “We have 1300 members, in every district, with the practical examples and the knowledge. But many farmers just don’t have the time, the cash flow to pay someone to do it, and a sense the government is backing them.” 

“Neither pastoral farming nor plantation forestry can afford climate disasters. Nor can New Zealand’s economy. We can be a model to the rest of the world.” 

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