The New Zealand Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees by 2028.
Their hope is that by planting a Billion trees they can deliver improved social, environmental, and economic outcomes for New Zealand.
This blog post will introduce the program, show how the progress is growing and detail how you could be involved.
What is the One Billion Trees Program?
The Government has allocated $120 million through the One Billion Trees Fund for direct grants to landowners.
Particularly farmers to include trees on their farms.
Led by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, the Program will:
- Create employment and workforce development.
- Optimise land use.
- Mitigate climate change.
- Support Māori values and aspirations.
- Protect the environment.
- Support New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy.
Initial estimates suggest at least 500 million trees will be delivered through current planting rates.
The remainder will be achieved by making it easier to plant trees through:
- Lowering any planting barriers currently faced by landowners.
- Improving incentives to support the right trees, in the right place, for the right purpose.
The Government will also look at how they partner with New Zealanders to achieve this goal through research, innovation, and sector development initiatives.
How is the Trees program doing so far?
(Taken from: https://www.teururakau.govt.nz/)
How do I get involved in this Trees program?
The One Billion Trees Fund will provide simple and accessible direct grants towards the cost of planting and establishing trees and native regeneration.
The grants programme has a goal to support native tree planting initiatives – and will be targeting two-thirds of funding towards this.
Grants are available for landowners or organisations who have the legal right to plant on the land and can commit to maintaining the planting project for a minimum period (typically ten years).
Through these grants, you can plant trees to create more diversity on your land, reduce erosion, improve water quality, enhance biodiversity and/or develop Māori owned land.
More information about grants and how to apply can be found here:
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