Funding for hill country erosion
Land-owners in Hurunui and Kaikōura districts can now apply for funding to help combat hill side erosion under a Soil Conservation and Revegetation Programme (SCAR).
It's a four-year erosion control programme – from July 2019 to July 2023 – delivering targeted treatments on erosion-prone land.
The aim is to reduce the amount of sediment washed into waterways and to deliver long-term environmental benefits.
SCAR will see farmers working alongside Environment Canterbury (ECan) Land Management Advisors to achieve better soil conservation in gullies and erosion-prone land.
The programme is co-funded by ECan and the MPI Hill Country Erosion Fund, and the goal is to reach as many eligible land-owners as possible.
Funding is targeted at:
- Space planting of poplars
- Planting native plants and fencing off areas from stock
- Catchment-scale mapping and on-farm Land Use Capability maps to support farm environment planning
- Building staff and catchment group capacity to consult on soil conservation and farm plans
- Expanding the Council's existing nursery to provide greater numbers of poplars and willows across the region.
ECan Land Advisors will work with farmers on:
- Funding applications associated with the programme
- Prioritising land for treatment
- Developing erosion control plans for their property.
Funding available to identify and treat erosion-prone land
|Activity||Costs through SCAR assistance||Additional information||Farm Environment Plan|
+ GST and delivery
Poles for $3/pole
(Normal retail = $10.50/pole)
Free protective sleeves
(Normal retail = $9.50/pole)
Poles are 3 metres long
|Recommended but not required|
|Land Use Capability
Free mapping up to $5000
|To assess the physical characteristics of the land, to help landowners understand the capability of the land to make sustainable land-use decisions.||
A current FEP is required
|Reversion / Retirement fencing||$10/metre||
Payment on inspection.
Typically 8-wire post with droppers/battens. Stock must be permanently excluded
|Reversion / Retirement land||Provide up to $1500/hectare
||Partial payment on invoice, remaining on inspection|
Note: A Good Faith Agreement will be required to be signed for projects, depending on the value.
Difference between SCAR and One Billion Trees
SCAR is focused on treating erosion-prone hill country, and includes space planting poplar poles, mapping and reversion/retirement fencing. Whereas One Billion Trees can apply to non-erosion prone land, and although it is focused on planting trees, it doesn’t fund space planting.
Landowners can seek funding through both programmes, but not for the same block of land being planted or fenced for reversion.
Ongoing measurement and commitment
Advisors will need reasonable access to land to approve funding applications.
It will be landowners’ responsibility to maintain funded projects:
- Pole plantings will need to be maintained for a minimum of 10 years.
- Fencing, reversion and retirement projects will need to be maintained on a long-term basis.
Advisors will then liaise with farmers to measure survival rates.
Project data (fencing, planting, costs, work-in-kind, timeframes, contractors) will be entered into a geographic information system (GIS).
Want to get funding?
While Landcare Research’s LRIS portal (Land Resource Information Systems) provides national information on soils.
Useful fact sheets and brochures
- Land Use and Capability Information (Beef and Lamb Factsheet) (PDF File, 2MB)
- Willows for the farm (Food and Plant Research brochure) (PDF File, 1.04MB)
- Poplars for the farm (Food and Plant Research brochure) (PDF File, 771.78KB)