Valuable years lost for forestry

By the NZ Forest Owners Association
Scoop Independent News
October 20, 2017
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Peter Clark

The Forest Owners Association says the priority put on new forest plantings by New Zealand First entering the coalition presents an enormous challenge to the new government and industry alike. Forest Owners President Peter Clark says issues such as diminishing log supply in Northland and road infrastructure stress in Poverty Bay and elsewhere need to be addressed by government and industry working together. “We need to find solutions which will benefit all parts of the forest and processing chain, as well as local communities.” …“We’ve lost valuable years when there should have been more trees planted out to provide another income option for pastoral agriculture on marginal land and to increase wood supply for sawmillers. We’ve also had plenty of notice that trees are the only immediate lever the government has available to significantly offset industry and agriculture carbon emissions.”

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