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Foresters say govt planting forecasts are wrong

18 Jul 24 - Foresters say the government's planting forecasts in its new climate plan are wrong, with the actual planted areas likely to be about half the government’s projections in 2024, according to the New Zealand Institute of Forestry.

Scion report on short rotation forestry met with scepticism

27 May 24 - A new report from Scion that says short rotation forestry holds the key to lowering fossil fuel use has been criticised by sustainable land use campaigners as well as an oil industry expert.

Concern over job losses at Scion

17 May 24 - Foresters are “deeply apprehensive” over potential redundancies of scientists at Scion, with a proposed 30 jobs losses - about 10% the forestry crown research institute’s workforce.

New forestry fees unfairly impact Māori

4 Apr 24 - By Liz Kivi | Recently implemented fees for forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme are having a disproportionate impact on Māori, and the government didn’t consult adequately on the changes, according to the National Māori Forestry Association.

Half of Tairāwhiti at risk of erosion - new data

28 Mar 24 - An estimated 182 million tonnes of eroded soil entered New Zealand's rivers in 2022, according to new research.

Foresters welcome ETS costs review

1 Mar 24 - The New Zealand Forest Owners Association says the review of Emissions Trading Scheme fees is a relief for foresters facing excessive costs, but experts say forestry still faces an uncertain future under the scheme.

Government announces review of forestry ETS costs

29 Feb 24 - Forestry minister Todd McClay has announced an independent review into the forestry component of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) register.


Forestry company loses sustainability certification

19 Feb 24 - Forestry company Ernslaw One’s Forest Stewardship Council certification has been suspended over damage from its forestry operations in Tolaga Bay in 2018.

Environment Commissioner suggests forestry levy to tackle wilding pines

24 Oct 23 - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has suggested a levy on forestry companies to fund efforts to combat wilding pines.

Foresters take legal action against new ETS fees

10 Oct 23 - Foresters have filed a judicial review aiming to stop the government’s new fee system for forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme, which they say will increase costs by several thousand percent.

Govt releases Cabinet papers on ETS forestry charges

5 Oct 23 - The government has proactively released cabinet papers on controversial new charges for forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Foresters say new rules will lead to less planting

4 Oct 23 - A group that petitioned for a Ministerial inquiry into land use in Tairāwhiti has welcomed new rules for exotic tree planting, however foresters say that the regulations will lead to less forest...

Govt defends new charges for forestry in ETS

3 Oct 23 - The government is defending new charges in the Emissions Trading Scheme, which foresters say will discourage planting, and some say could be open to legal challenges.

Foresters say new ETS charges will discourage planting

22 Sep 23 - Foresters say that new charges for forestry in the ETS will penalise sustainable forestry and disincentivise planting when it is most needed.

Sealord investing $10 million in Māori-led carbon forestry offsetting

4 Sep 23 - Fishing giant Sealord is investing $10 million over the next ten years in a carbon offsetting programme that it says will develop underutilised Te Arawa land in the Rotorua region into permanent...

Foresters welcome ETS reset

27 Jul 23 - Foresters have welcomed the government’s reset of Emissions Trading Scheme auction settings, saying it should incentivise forestry and wood processing investors for the embattled industry.

Post-1989 forest ETS registrations skyrocket

3 Jun 22 - Applications to register post-1989 forest grew by more than 400% from 296 in the last quarter of 2021 to 1304 in the first quarter of 2022.

Forestry rule changes could jeopardise net zero target: Forest Owners Assoc

24 Feb 22 - CABINET has approved changes to the Overseas Investment Act that will make it harder for overseas buyers to convert farmland to forestry, a move the Forest Owners Association says could jeopardise...

Deadwood releasing 10.9 gigatons of carbon every year

21 Sep 21 - Decaying wood releases around 10.9 gigatons of carbon worldwide every year, according to a new study by an international team of scientists.


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