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Barbara Kuriger is pleased to hear 419 hectares of new forest will be planted in the Taranaki region thanks to the first round of funding through the Government’s Afforestation Grants Scheme (AGS).

The Afforestation Grants Scheme will see $22.5 million invested over the next six years to encourage the planting of an expected 15,000 hectares of new forest throughout New Zealand. Successful applicants for the first round of funding, which will see 5819 hectares planted, were informed today.

“Thanks to this grant, 419 hectares in the region will be planted, making better use of marginal and erosion-prone land, and helping our farmers and landowners increase land diversification,” says Ms Kuriger.

“Priority was given to applicants addressing environmental issues such as erosion.

“This additional planting will lead to improved water quality and a reduced impact from the effects of severe flooding.

“Over the life cycle of these trees the Afforestation Grants Scheme is expected to make a significant contribution to the forestry industry and support services, increase jobs and help grow the Taranaki-King Country economy,” says Ms Kuriger.

Successful applicants will receive $1,300 per hectare for new forest planting.

The next round of funding will open in April next year for planting in winter 2017.

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