Tracking progress of the One Billion Trees Programme
Find out about the Government's One Billion Trees Programme and how many trees have been planted so far.
A billion trees by 2027
The Government has set a goal to plant a billion trees in the next 10 years – between 2018 and 2027.
Initial estimates suggest about half that number will be achieved through existing planting programmes. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be helping boost planting rates to achieve the goal.
It will take a combined effort by government, landowners, commercial foresters, conservation groups, regional councils, iwi, communities, and others.
Keeping track of progress
We'll be keeping track of the progress towards the billion trees goal. Te Uru Rākau collects data throughout the year on the sale and distribution of exotic and native tree seedlings. We'll use this data to estimate the number of trees being planted and update this web page regularly.
What trees are counted?
For the purpose of our tree count, we're defining a tree as a woody perennial plant species that can grow to a height of at least 5 metres.
BEFORE YOU PLANT
Before you make any planting decisions, we recommend you check the biosecurity and pest status of the species you wish to plant. You can check with your local council or search these registers:
You may need resource consent
Some plantation forestry activities may require a resource consent. For guidance on forestry activities permitted on your land and whether a resource consent is required, contact your local council or refer to:
If you would like more information on our tree count method, email 1BT@mpi.govt.nz
Partnerships to achieve one billion trees
The One Billion Trees Programme is partnering with organisations to help reduce barriers to tree planting, making use of knowledge and experience from across the industry.
- Download a list of forestry partnership projects [PDF, 363 KB]
Crown Forestry is also helping to achieve the one billion trees goal through partnerships with landowners to plant commercial radiata pine on their properties.
- Get the details of Crown Forestry partnerships [PDF, 100 KB]
Find out more
Other tree planting programmes
- Trees That Count
- Auckland City Council’s million trees programme
- Wellington City Council’s Two Million Trees project
- DairyNZ’s riparian planner
- Tree planting on Arbor day
- Million metres stream project
Who to contact
If you have questions about the information on this page, email 1BT@mpi.govt.nz
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