Updated: 1 October 2010
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Tane's Tree Trust's focus has been on raising the profile and potential of indigenous forestry amongst all landowners. The Trust has made good progress over the 10 years it has been operating, and it now wishes to consolidate these advances and to raise the profile of indigenous forestry still further by challenging those involved to greater effort. This will be done by holding workshops relating to some key facets of indigenous forest management include investigating the concept of eco-sourcing, studying the role of indigenous trees in carbon sequestration and reviewing the current study of bare rooted seedling production. Because we can learn a lot from the experience of other countries which have greater dependence on their natural forests, a qualified overseas speaker is being sought who can give us greater insight into alternative practices. A vital section will be to engage with iwi in order to discover how the scientific European approach to indigenous forestry might best engage with the holistic Maori approach. It is proposed to have at least two high level keynote speakers, including the one from overseas, whose task will be to lay down challenges to the participants.
It is clear that in many parts of New Zealand establishment of trees and forests is still an important aspect of sustainable land management, with issues around soil conservation, water quality and carbon sequestration well to the fore. NZ was once a forested country and it is important to consider the potential of native trees when looking to establish the forests of the future - especially from the perspectives of adaptation, biosecurity, natural landscape and cultural importance. There is already significant evidence that growth and timber qualities can match many of the introduced species presently given some prominence for planting, and in some cases these values far exceed that of alternative species. It is estimated that more than 2 million ha of lower quality/marginal farm land may be better suited to forestry, with multiple benefits arising from such endeavour.
It is estimated that less than 1% of the new forest planted in NZ is with native species, largely because there is inadequate information about growing forests with native species, along with other regulatory barriers to entry. With so much land needing to be planted and with recognised benefits from environmental, economic and cultural perspectives there is a need to get good information to decision makers so that much better progress can be made. Anyone involved in any way with indigenous forestry; growers/managers of natural stands, planters of new forests, Iwi, scientists, climate change experts, environmental organizations, bureaucrats and politicians will find the seminar and workshops of value.
The programme is based around a series of keynote speakers on important issues (e.g. research needs, eco-sourcing, cultural aspects, non-wood values such as carbon sequestration, etc), followed by a series of facilitated workshop sessions on each issue to ensure the widest possible input on matters of policy and practice, and to guide indigenous forestry development going forward.
Information/input/experience from the workshops will be used to directly guide native tree planting programmes and related activity going forward.
Amongst the expected outcomes are: