Sheep and beef farms make up majority of native vegetation

Rural Exchange 15/07/2018

A recent report by the University of Canterbury shows almost a quarter of New Zealand’s remaining native vegetation cover is on sheep and beef farms.

This is the largest amount of native vegetation present outside of public conservation land. 

David Norton, professor of forestry at the University of Canterbury, says the 1.4 million hectares of native forest greatly supports biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

"It's a real credit to the farming community that we still have a large amount of forest, shrubland, wetland and grassland on sheep and beef farms," Mr Norton told RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand commissioned the report as part of their new environmental strategy to assist farmers.

Mr Norton says it's important farmers have that information to follow as part of their environmental plans.

"It's really trying to understand just what is there so farmers can look after that and meet the goals in the strategy," he said.

Watch the full interview with David Norton above.

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