Carbon Sequestration

Ernslaw One has over 25,000 ha of post-1989 Kyoto compliant forests, making it one of the largest owners of post-1989 forests in New Zealand. This comprises the Mata, Te Namu, and Titoki forests in the North Island, and the Aparima and Clutha forests in the South Island. The forests are spread throughout New Zealand, and comprise two species, Radiata pine and Douglas fir. The geographical spread helps reduce the risk of loss from fire and wind, and the two species helps cover the risk from disease and insects. The two species also puts Ernslaw One in a unique position to manage the carbon liability from harvesting the forests.  Radiata pine is clearfelled anytime from age 25 onwards, whereas Douglas fir is from 45 years. This means that when Ernslaw One starts harvesting the Radiata pine in approx 2022, the Douglas fir will still be growing and will cover any carbon liability that may occur. Similarly, when the Douglas fir is being harvested, the Radiata pine will be growing. Ernslaw One can thus manage their forests for timber production, as well as ensuring that no liability arises for any carbon that is sold from the forest.