MPs to throw West Coat na­tive log­gers a life­line?

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

LOG­GING OF NA­TIVE TREES THAT HAVE BLOWN DOWN ON con­ser­va­tion land on the West Coast may be al­lowed to con­tinue.

Na­tional MP Mau­reen Pugh is look­ing to in­tro­duce a bill to Par­lia­ment that would al­low the Direc­tor-Gen­eral of the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion to au­tho­rise re­cov­ery of some wind­blown trees af­ter storms.

A pre­vi­ous at­tempt by Ms Pugh ear­lier this year was blocked by the gov­ern­ment, but now Forestry Min­is­ter Shane Jones has in­di­cated that he would sup­port the mea­sure and also en­cour­age his col­leagues to do the same.

Log­ging of downed na­tive trees on con­ver­sa­tion land on the West Coast was al­lowed for five years from 2014 fol­low­ing a big storm and the last of those logs are now be­ing har­vested and many Coast­ers want to see this ex­tended to fu­ture storm events as well.

Ms Pugh says she has been work­ing with the West Coast Re­gional Coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate her lat­est at­tempt to get the leg­is­la­tion across the line.


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