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Afforestation Grant Scheme

Last week Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew confirmed details of the revised Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS), administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries. The new version of the scheme will see $22.5 million invested over the next six years. These funds are available to encourage landowners to plant an expected 15,000 hectares of new forests. The objectives of the AGS are to improve land-use productivity, enhance regional economic development and achieve environmental benefits. The latter include reducing soil erosion, storing carbon, and improving water quality.

Successful applicants will receive $1,300 per hectare for new forest planting, with priority given to applications addressing environmental issues such as reducing erosion and improving water quality. The Crown will get the carbon credits for the first ten years. The landowner will own the trees and the timber.

To be eligible the land can't:

  • be 'forest land' under the Climate Change Response Act 2002 when you apply
  • have been 'forest land' on 31 December 1989
  • have been 'forest land' in the 5 years before you apply.

The refreshed Afforestation Grant Scheme will be open for applications from 27 May and close 30 June 2015. Clients who require assistance to apply for AGS funding should contact their local PF Olsen forest manager.

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