"Understand environmental systems and care of trees"
The importance of trees to land management cannot be overstated. Often in the past they have been seen as competing for valuable land space and felled indiscriminately.
Over clearing of trees can lead to salinity problems and numerous forms of erosion and land slips. As we have become more familiar with their vital role in ecological processes, retention and selective planting of trees has been widely acknowledged, in improving farm viability and ultimately production.
Student Comment: I definitely learned a lot from [the course) but it was also beneficial in affirming [and raising my confidence] in what I already knew.'
Katrina Merrifield, Masters Conservation Science, NZ, Trees for Rehabilitation course