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This is how we're responding in Hurunui.

Soil erosion control

While climate change projections show that overall it will be drier in North Canterbury with winter rainfall projected to decrease by up to 10 per cent, the frequency and severity of storms is expected to increase meaning there is an increased risk of soil erosion during these events.

Environment Canterbury's Soil Conservation and Revegetation programme helps landowners conserve soil in erosion-prone areas through planting, mapping and planning.

In 2019–20, over 2,000 poplars were provided, of which around 100 hectares of native bush was protected in and around Mt Guardian in the Hurunui district.

Over the next couple of years, it's anticipated the programme will see:

  • planting just under 3,000 poplars, which provide many benefits to a farm including soil conservation, shelter, shade, fodder, agroforestry and timber;
  • protecting around 100 hectares of native bush on erosion-prone land;
  • completing about 25 Land Use Capability maps free to landowners;
  • engaging with 40 new landowners; and
  • planting 6,500 new poplar and willow stools in the nursery