Both exotic and native forest plantation play an important part in soil conservation in the Taranaki region.
About half of the 27, 278 hectares of exotic forestry in the region is established on erosion-prone land (14, 738 hectares).
Forestry as a sustainable solution
Where land is suitable for growth and harvest, the Council advocates converting steep, erodible land to forestry. We can provide free Agroforestry Plans to farmers interested in establishing plantation forestry. These plans can also offer recommendations for alternative forms of production forestry such as manuka farming (manuka honey), or for reversion forestry on land that is unsuitable for farming.
One Billion Trees
The Government's new One Billion Trees (1BT) programme, administered by Te Uru Rākau, has replaced the former Afforestation Grants Scheme (AGS).
Contact the Council's Land Management Section 0800 736 222 to find out what grants are available for tree planting or what assistance can be given with your grant application. Alternatively, contact Te Uru Rakau directly for more information and assistance.