The scheme has been under development for many years and is set to create a permanent native forest buffer alongside waterways within Aratu Forests. In May there will be a community launch event in preparation of around 170 hectares of riparian land being planted this year.
The project will see eLandNZ progressively manage revegetation of streamside buffers within the Aratu Forests estate that are unsuitable for timber plantation. In the first 25-years the focus will be on establishing a permanent streamside native forest with primary species planted including manuka, belts of larger native trees in higher areas and flax in flood zones.
The specific environmental improvements will include greater biodiversity, improved water quality and reduce offsite wood debris movement during any future flood event.
Aratu Forests and eLandNZ recognise the relationship between Iwi and water, as well as the role of kaitiakitanga in managing our precious natural resources. The project is expected to create a series of partnerships with local iwi, council, businesses and communities over years to come.
eLandNZ Ltd is a sustainable land use company that has a proven track record of supporting land owners, Maori incorporations and intergenerational farmers convert unproductive and Riparian land to alternative sustainable land use including native and permanent forestry for carbon and also apiculture. eLandNZ manage the land change process end to end from reviewing the land to recommending options to implementation and maintenance.
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Aratu Forests Limited is a high-quality forestry estate and asset management business based in the Gisborne District of New Zealand’s North Island. They are committed to providing responsible, effective and efficient forest management solutions.
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The pilot planting kicks off this April with around 170 hectares of riparian land on the Aratu Forestry estate being prepared for planting later this year.
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