July 18, 2019
Tree ambassador to help native planting programme
The One Billion Trees Fund has teamed up with the University of Canterbury to fund a restoration ambassador who will provide impartial, expert advice to farmers, community groups and iwi to help them restore native biodiversity.
Professor David Norton, who is the driving force behind the role, says the ambassador will initially focus on areas that have limited availability of expert restoration advice such as Gisborne and East Coast, and will focus on providing this information for Māori landowners.
The project will create a strategic link between the School of Forestry and Te Uru Rākau, the new Forestry agency.
The One Billion Trees Fund is also backing a 20 hectare native regeneration project on the Banks Peninsula.
Forestry Minister Shane Jones says the owners of Waipuna Bush on the Banks Peninsula purchased the 74 hectare property specifically to protect and enhance the natural environment.
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