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Forest Owners can solve deforestation crisis

Forest Owners can solve deforestation crisis

Rodney Hide
Friday, 17 February 2006
Press Releases - Environment & Conservation


"New Zealand has a deforestation crisis and the government needs to start listening to those who know how to solve it - forest owners themselves," ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today.

"For the first time in more than a century, New Zealand's total plantation forest cover has fallen. That is an economic and environmental disaster, and it has happened under Helen Clark's watch. "Also for the first time I can remember, the forestry industry is completely united. The industry has compromised internally and developed a joint industry position which they say would lead to an increase in investment and plantings.

"But the Government has ignored the industry and is keeping the industry's views secret. It thinks its bureaucrats know better than forestry investors how to get the industry going again. The Government is wrong.

"The Government needs to listen to our fourth largest export industry and begin treating it with respect. Jobs and the environment are both at sake."

ENDS

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