Shane Jones on the billion trees plan
Kathryn Ryan speaks to the minister responsible for planting a billion trees in ten years - Shane Jones, following questions on what to plant, where and who will decide. This follows urgent calls from environmentalists for natives to play a major part in a comprehensive plan which they say does not yet exist, but which needs to be implemented before planting starts this winter. In unveiling the Provincial Growth Fund in Gisborne last Friday, Shane Jones said the $ 1billion tree-planting programme is already underway. Fifty-five million trees are being planted this year, with 70 million planned next year and 90 million in 2020.