Pāmu has a 30-year history of planting commercial forestry. Through the implementation of Land & Environment Plans across the Pāmu portfolio, the focus since 2010 has seen farming and forestry as complementary land use on many of our properties. Forests have been planted to improve the sustainability of the Pāmu farming properties. In addition, these forests in many instances provide stock shelter, protect the land from erosion and enhance biodiversity and stream water quality.
Our goal for the next ten years (2020–2029) is to get the greatest value from the land whilst ensuring we meet environmental and biodiversity targets. As we implement the Land & Environment Plans we will be planting between 1,000 and 2,000 hectares of commercial forestry a year for the next 10 years, starting in 2021. We will utilise marginal land that is prone to erosion, where we can generate a return, without impacting the profitability of the farm, and we can sequester carbon under the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).