Foresters welcome New Zealand Government’s ambitious tree-planting target

Farm foresters have joined forest owners and timber processors in welcoming the new Coalition Government’s plans to revitalise forestry as a shot in the arm for the industry.

The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association believes the Government’s commitment to plant one billion trees over the next 10 years is an achievable target and that farm foresters have a role to play.

But association president Neil Cullen says this ambitious target presents a number of challenges – sourcing enough seedlings, having enough people in the right areas to plant trees and finding enough suitable land.