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Labour has stated that if it is elected next term, it will require resource consent for any conversion of highly productive land into forestry. Labour Party Forestry Spokesperson Stuart Nash reported that they will put priority on food producing soil over planting trees. Labour Party Rural Communities Spokesperson Kieran McAnulty stated that currently 90 percent of forestry planting for ETS purpose happens on less productive soils in classes 6-8, and they aim to ensure all planting happens away from the valuable soils in classes 1-5. New Zealand has approximately 12.1 million hectares in farmland and 1.7m in forestry.
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