Tour to see changes to land use first hand

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A 4WD trek through Kuriwao farms will give people an idea of how growing trees for carbon credits will affect farming, organiser Malcolm Sinclair says.

The trek, which is being organised by the Wyndham and Districts Museum Society, will take place on March 26.

The trek will also be a fundraiser for the society’s new museum.

Mr Sinclair said the trek would travel over three farms, Hazeldale, Deloraine and Riverside, where the owners were committed to pastoral farming.

“Then we will go on to the Wisp, that has been bought for carbon farming.”

Wisp Hill Station was bought by Ingka Group, one of 12 different groups of companies that own Swedish furniture and homeware giant Ikea, last year.

The group’s long-term plan was to have a total of 3000ha – more than three million seedlings – planted in the next five years.

Selling land to overseas companies so trees could be planted was a controversial topic at present, Mr Sinclair said.

“I think a lot of farmers will be interested in getting out there and seeing what’s really going on.”

The trip would take between four and five hours.

It was important people registered for the trek as organisers needed to divide those taking part into groups of 100.

Once the number of people taking part was finalised, the starting time for each group would be decided.

“It all depends on the interest how many groups we take.”

The vehicles would climb to about 670m and there would be good views.

“You can see the coast from there.”

Those wishing to take part in the trek should email wdhsevents@gmail.com to register.