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The planting native forests toolkit

Project Status: Current

This project aims to provide a free comprehensive online toolkit from planning to implementation for those planting native forests to meet multiple objectives from environmental to sustainable production.

A suite of calculators on productivity, carbon sequestration and economics for planting and managing native forest will be generated from the Tāne’s Tree Trust Indigenous Plantation Database. This is New Zealand’s largest national database of planted natives comprising 15,000 trees and shrubs 5-100 years old and will be used to develop growth and carbon models as part of a freely available web-based interactive toolkit. This will allow businesses and landowners to calculate how much native forest they need to plant to offset carbon.

The toolkit will allow users to input site factors and explore a range of planting scenarios to meet objectives within resources. It will include case studies and a reference database with links to best-practice planting, management and monitoring guidelines.