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ForestX Comment

The significant event of the past 30 days has been election of a Labour Government with sufficient mandate to run its own policies. It does not have a specific forestry policy but the following individual commitments have been made: Continue [to] work towards New Zealand's goal of planting one billion trees by 2028; Resource consent [will] be required for plantation or carbon forests on Land Use Capability Classes 1-5 above a threshold of 50 hectares per farm to allow farmers flexibility in creating small plantations to and support environmental goals; Reduce our biogenic methane emissions to 24-47 per cent below 2017 levels by 2050; and 10 per cent below by 2030