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The issues identified in this report have wider implications for Aotearoa and are relevant to shaping of future policy around permanent forestry and also the content and structure of future forestry grant programmes.
The essential points of the native forestry report are: 1. There is widespread and genuine interest from landowners in having and restoring native vegetation on private land. 2. The historical extensive clearance of old-growth forest across the 420,500 ha project area means seed sources are widely depleted and enrichment planting is an applicable forest restoration requirement. 3. Anecdotal evidence indicates that feral deer populations are growing, and this will increasingly impact forest health. 4. Most potential for landscape scale forest restoration is found in managing regeneration (passive/lower cost) rather than planting native seedlings (active/higher cost). 5. There needs to be a greater emphasis on passive restoration interventions such as land retirement and reversion, effectively managing feral browser populations through community collaborations, quality ungulate-proof fencing, grant rates adequate to support land retirement, and enrichment planting. 6. Landowners require more ready access to technical advice on native forest restoration and greater levels of financial support for native forest establishment. 7. Establishing new forests without addressing existing threats faced by the existing forests (e.g., detrimental browser levels) makes little economic or ecological sense.