Should native forests be harvested? Can they compete with pine as carbon sinks? And is biodiversity a better measure than carbon? Adele is the CEO of Trees that Count, an ambitious programme to plant 200 million native trees across NZ in the next decade. With 32 million planted since 2016, it has still got a long way to go but momentum is building with the business, community and government increasingly motivated to use native forests as carbon sinks and conversation projects. Native forests are under, from pests and disease and an emissions trading scheme that actively rewards pine plantations and punishes natives. How hopeful is Adele Fitzpatrick of Trees that Count of meeting that ambitious target and what needs to change?
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