Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Logging on conservation land makes no sense – Forest & Bird

Logging on conservation land makes no sense – Forest & Bird

Forest & Bird says a planned law change to allow trees blown over on conservation land to be sold would not be economically viable, and would damage habitats on the publicly-owned conservation estate.

The West Coast Windblown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill will be introduced to Parliament next week.

It will allow loggers to access conservation land, and take trees that were blown over by Cyclone Ita, for the next five years.

“The idea of not wasting timber may sound superficially sensible. But as soon as you look at the facts, the idea makes no economic sense at all,” says Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell.

“Flooding the market with large volumes of timber from the conservation estate will pose a direct threat to the established sustainable native timber industry, which includes those indigenous timber production forests in Southland that are covered by the South Island Landless Natives Act.

“Sustainable producers have trouble finding a market for even the small quantity of certified sustainable native timber that is available at the moment, without introducing vast quantities of unsustainable timber, which this legislation would allow,” says Kevin Hackwell.


“Logging timber that has blown over is also incredibly dangerous. The trees are often lying at odd angles, intertwined with other trees, and under extreme stress. The logging industry in New Zealand already has a terrible safety record; harvesting windfall timber will be likely to make that even worse.”

Kevin Hackwell says that rotting timber is a vital component of the forest ecosystem.

“Wind-thrown trees must be allowed to decompose and recycle both their stored energy and nutrients back into the environment, for the benefit of our native wildlife, and the forest itself.”

“It looks as though this scheme has little to do with creating jobs, but a lot to do with the politics of winning the West Coast seat in September’s general election,” Kevin Hackwell says.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news