In the early 80’s ORT entered into a Forestry Right Agreement with Tai Tokerau Forest Limited (a conglomerate of Maori Land owners) resulting in blocks of pine planted on Omapere Farm. Ownership of the forest is with Tai Tokerau Forests Limited, while ownership of the land remains with ORT. As the pine plantations are at the stage of harvest the Board has separated the pine plantation from the sheep and beef operations from a financial and management perspective.
Following harvest of the pine trees, ORT has decided to replant the blocks on its own account, effectively becoming the responsible owner of both the trees and the land.
The Omapere pine blocks consist of two stands (52 hectares) of Post-1989 exotic forest (Pinus radiata) and eleven stands (261 hectares) of Pre-1990 exotic forest. A carbon footprint exercise shows that the Omapere Farm operations and the Forestry operations are significantly carbon negative.
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