Possible benefits from revegetation with non-grazing species

1. Production
While commercial benefits are theoretically possible either from plantation forestry or from selling carbon credits, neither of these look like safe prospects in the near future. Commercial tree planting and carbon sequestration are both long term ventures, probably best focussed on land that does not have the potential to change and become more hostile to tree growth and survival.

Saltland used for conservation purposes can be used for occasional grazing or for shelter for livestock during severe weather events once the revegetation species are well established.

2. Conservation and amenity
By far the most likely benefit from this option is visual amenity. Farmers involved in revegetating saltland are highly motivated to see the visual improvement that revegetation can provide, and if non-grazing species are used, biodiversity benefits can also be expected.

3. $$’s
The vast majority of revegetation using non-grazing options on saltland is carried out with no thought of commercial gain.

It is difficult to find any examples of farmer experiences showing commercial gains from planting trees on saltland. This might be partly because there are such long time delays between planting trees and commercial harvesting, but more likely it is because profitable forestry operations on saltland are likely to be rare.

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