scoop.co.nz 25 Mar, 2021 06:15 am

Radical Change In Thinking Required To Meet Ambitious Native Forest Targets

Radical Change In Thinking Required To Meet Ambitious Native Forest Targets
Pure Advantage and Tāne’s Tree Trust are calling for a major shift in thinking and practice regarding native forests if New Zealand is to meet its climate change targets. In January the Climate Change Commission proposed 300,000 hectares of new ...

Scoop i Regional Radical Change In Thinking Required To Meet Ambitious Native Forest Targets Pure Advantage and Tāne’s Tree Trust are calling for a major shift in thinking and practice regarding native forests if New Zealand is to meet its climate change targets.The two organisations have joined forces in a major programme called O Tātou Ngāhere to address this important gap in New Zealand’s climate change and biodiversity plans.However we think New Zealand can be more ambitious." The O Tātou Ngāhere report is delivered as a suite of 37 articles by New Zealand and global experts via an interactive website as well as a short documentary available now at Pure Advantage and soon hosted on TVNZ On Demand.

The comprehensive program of work calls for a wide range of changes to native forest management, including: A fundamental shift in valuing native forests for their holistic impact, including biodiversity, long-term carbon sequestration, amenity, spiritual and cultural values Biodiversity credits to reward land-owners for planting and growing native trees (currently excluded from the Emissions Trading Scheme) Continuous cover forestry – a change in forestry practice that replaces more intensive silvicultural practice such as clear felling with closer-to-nature practices and selective harvesting in the future Sustainable harvesting of native timber for high-quality timber products and veneers, as well as outlets for lower grades in manufacturing and construction Downstream, commercial uses for New Zealand hardwoods such as beech and tawa in joinery and furniture Expanding ‘non-timber’ uses of forestry such as honey, bioactives and touris Co-mingling of natives with exotic species to create transitionary forests and greater biodiverse habitat Encouragement of collaborations and joint ventures between private land-owners, iwi, civic organisations and government to plant and manage native forests.Tane’s Tree Trust chairman, Peter Berg, says the predominance of pine in New Zealand forestry needs to be reconsidered.

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