Wairoa's mayor says the district is capable of more than just growing trees, as fears grow that precious farmland, and jobs, will be lost to forestry.
In the last four months about 8000ha of agricultural land have been sold to forestry in the district.
Craig Little told Hawke's Bay Today Wairoa did not want to see the entire countryside planted in trees for forestry.
"Whilst trees are wonderful they don't provide a helluva lot of food and we don't want all our countryside planted up in trees."
He said when farms were sold for the purpose of forestry, jobs were