Newsletter 107, March 2018
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
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Conference 2018, Nelson 6-9 May
Thank you for all those who have registered early for the 2018 New Zealand Farm Forestry Conference in Nelson.
A reminder to those who are still contemplating going that registrations after March will incur the $50 late fee.
Also we do have a cut off of 200 registrants for the conference due to the size of the venue. So...Please get in early if you want to secure your place at the Nelson conference. We are working hard to make this a great conference and look forward to seeing you there. www.nzffa.org.nz/conference/conference-2018/
Clair Gavin, Conference Registrar
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Afforestation Grant Scheme 2018 funding round now open
Forestry offers a range of benefits – it can help you to invest in your family’s future, help diversify your income, improve productivity, help climate change, protect the environment and create jobs.
If you’re thinking of planting trees on your land, the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) could help. The 2018 funding round for the AGS opens today (23 February) and closes on 14 May 2018.
The AGS contributes to the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme. Through the AGS, MPI provides grants of $1,300 a hectare for landowners to plant new small to medium-sized forests of between 5 hectares to 300 hectares.
The purpose of the AGS is to achieve a better environment through planting new forests. Whether it be carbon absorption or reducing land erosion, the scheme is already making a real contribution. Native or exotic trees can be planted and your application can include a mix of forest species. A forest species is one able to grow to at least five metres in the place you have planted it.
Every application is assessed against eligibility criteria, which includes a technical forestry assessment.
Entering a commercial joint forestry venture with, or leasing your land to, Crown Forestry
As part of the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme, Crown Forestry is seeking land to plant. You and your neighbours can be part of it.
Crown Forestry is offering two options:
Crown Forestry will cover all forestry establishment and management costs including rates and ongoing costs of crop protection.
You’ll receive returns either through:
If you enter into the Emissions Trading Scheme, you’ll be entitled to eligible carbon credits.
For more information, including the criteria you land must meet, please check out www.mpi.govt.nz/crown-forestry
Report on MPI Workshop 27th Feb. 2018
Luke Southorn and Justine Gilliland from MPI outlined the Government’s priorities with the Provincial Growth Fund and Future Investment. The PGF has $1 Billion/year in funding for the next 3 years and has a focus on economic, social, and environmental gains. It will work through three different tiers;
The projects must link to the PGF outcomes, have volume, and regional stakeholders, and have good processes. Oversight will be with MPI and MBIE. A couple already mentioned are investigation of a wood processing centre in Gisborne and a totara industry pilot for Northland. These projects can be initiated from the regions or by Central Government.
Re the billion trees in ten years, MPI envisage this being a combined effort guided by three dictums; the right tree, in the right place, for the right reason. A big emphasis is on creating jobs and boosting regions. MPI is working on how to best incentivise the new planting in addition to the Crown Forestry initiative. A report is due in June. Five current programmes that may be enhanced to play a part are;
It is still difficult to get a grasp on how MPI is restructuring. Forestry NZ will be a branded business unit within MPI with Judy Collins as interim head reporting to Ben Dalton. More to emerge in second part of 2018. Hopefully they can create simpler titles than “Senior Regulatory Analyst-Spatial, Forestry, and Land Management.”
Emily Geck gave a power point presentation on Afforestation Outreach and Extension. This built on pilot workshops ran last year that sought to understand the barriers to landowners; planting trees on farms, accessing funding, and entering carbon schemes. The general finding from those workshops was a lack of widespread knowledge with landowners on the funding schemes and the ETS and how they could work for farmers. Case studies were the most commonly requested tool so MPI is developing four of these for:
All these will consider carbon income and liabilities and risks and the experience of participants in the schemes.
So MPI is building its resources, increasing engagement with landowners, enhancing relationships with councils and industry, exploring catchment and regional opportunities, all towards really driving tree planting from 2019 onwards. They have not yet decided whether they will have a team of regional extension officers to deliver the message or contract advisors. Either way FFA will have an important role in providing support and examples of how trees on farms can work.
Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says up to NZ$180 million of his new NZ$3 billion fund will end up being spent on his plan to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years - and it could see some Landcorp farms converted to forestry.
He said after the Budget in May the new Forestry Service, to be located in Rotorua, would be established. That would have its own budget line and up to NZ$180 million would go into trees.
He warned it could take some time for the tree planting programme to ramp up. About half the trees would be planted by commercial forestry operators as part of their usual business. The other half would be a mix of Crown planting, community organisations and the Department of Conservation planting native trees.
Jones plans to use Landcorp land for forestry - and Jones would not rule out some Landcorp land converting from dairy or other activities for the tree planting. He said that was up to the Landcorp Board, but he believed there were too many eggs in one basket.
"And I think that Landcorp is not only a farming enterprise, it's a land use enterprise. As we roll our climate change ... I think Landcorp has every capacity to play its role as New Zealand's best farmer. If that involves forestry, it gets a big fat tick from me."