Involvement in the Trees for Survival (TfS) programme requires commitment from the landowner and input of labour and time. This can mean considerable time in the first two to three years in particular. However, it is a rewarding experience to see soil erosion being reduced and the quality of water in adjoining waterways improving along with increased biodiversity on their land and other resulting benefits as the trees become established.
As 57% of our agricultural land is susceptible to erosion largely contributing to the loss of between 200-300 million tonnes of soil every year to the oceans (10 times the world average!) and causing nutrient runoff polluting lakes, rivers and streams with nitrogen and phosphorus TfS will plant trees on private or public land. Planting can make a real difference – see below.
National and local government landowners as well as farmers benefit by restoring their land and waterways and the whole of New Zealand gains as a result.
Generally Landowners are required to fence the area to be planted to prevent grazing of the planted trees and prepare the site prior to planting day. They should also make sure that all hazards onsite are identified and managed appropriately on planting day. Providing mulch will assist the survival of the trees and ongoing release of weeds and pest control is essential. Providing stakes ensures the young trees are easily located which assists in weed and pest control but also helps when assessing mortality rates.
A Landowner interested in participating in the TfS programme can consult the TfS National Manager in the first instance.