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My Daily Digest: November 12, 2020

Government to move ahead with forestry limits Sheep and beef farmers will be pleased that the agriculture minister plans to push ahead with plans to limit the area that can be converted to forestry in some regions. Well, those who don’t plan to sell up soon will be.

Foresters, on the other hand, feel the move is an overreach and the claims of blanket afforestation are an overstatement.

They say it now seems farming has priority over forests.

All talk of property rights aside, New Zealand will need a mix of land use to succeed in coming years. That success will be measured both in terms of export income and environmental sustainability.

As always, it’s not a case of blindly picking one side or another. 

Success will come when each landowner makes an educated choice based on their circumstances and land profile.

Bryan Gibson


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Gov’t pushes on with tree limits

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