Guide to erosion control/spaced plantings being eligible to enter the ETS

Guide to erosion control/spaced plantings being eligible to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

Eligibility

For erosion control/spaced plantings to be eligible to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), they must meet the ‘forest land’ definition’ as well as be ‘Post 1989’ land.

Forest land must be at least a hectare in size and have (or will have) tree crown cover:

  • from forest species of more than 30% in each hectare
  • with an average width of at least 30 metres.

Forest species in the ETS are trees that can reach at least 5 metres in height in the place they are growing. They do not include trees grown primarily for fruit or nuts.

Post-1989 forest land is land that is currently forest land and either:

  • wasn't forest land on 31 December 1989
  • was forest land on 31 December 1989, but was deforested between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 2007, or
  • was pre-1990 forest land that was deforested on or after 1 January 2008, and any ETS liability has been paid.

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