Report on good alternative trees

We need more forests on steep hill country to mitigate erosion where pastoral cover isn’t enough: Neil Cullen

We need more forests on steep hill country to mitigate erosion where pastoral cover isn’t enough: Neil Cullen

NOT JUST PINE: A report on the alternatives that exist for plantation forestry has been produced and is now available for viewing on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website. The association said it contains information previously lacking for forest managers around the right species for steep eroding land. File picture


A REPORT on alternative plantation forest species has become available on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website that details the characteristics of a wide variety of tree species suited to steep erosion-prone land.

The alternative trees have root structures that may better resist landslides after harvest.

The report was written by Dean Satchell, of Sustainable Forest Solutions, and contributes to present industry considerations of how to lessen the vulnerability of trees now being planted for harvests that will take place decades in the future.

Farm Forestry Association President, Neil Cullen said that land and forest managers were lacking in the sort of information the report contained around steep, erosion prone, terrain.

“This report identifies the considerable amount of research still required, but does go a long way to provide guidance on the options for landowners preparing resource consent applications to plant or replant land now zoned Red under the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF),” Mr Cullen said.

Mr Satchell said owners of red-zoned land who wish to clear-fell need to provide regional councils with evidence that significant adverse environmental effects can be minimised.

“Those landowners should consider an erosion-mitigating forest cover on replant.

“This report provides information on best practice, identifies the gaps in knowledge and sets the scope for the future to improve environmental outcomes from plantation forestry on steeplands,” he said.

“We need more forests on steep hill country to mitigate erosion where pastoral cover isn’t enough” Mr Cullen said.

“However, we need the right species, the right rotation lengths and the right harvesting strategies for the best environmental outcomes.

“Forestry is the best land use for erodible hill country, but best practice changes over time to meet the expectations of society and increasing severity of storms.”

Mr Cullen said an intense downpour that hit recently harvested and replanted sites in Tolaga Bay resulted in slash mobilisation which made news headlines and has impacted very negatively on the forest industry’s social licence to operate.

“This report lists a variety of alternative species available that could drive different harvest practices and improve environmental outcomes. It’s up to industry to be proactive and adjust their practices to reflect what society requires,” he said.

“It suggests that alternative regimes and or species will be required now, which will accumulate evidence over time that significant adverse environmental effects can be minimised with best practice.”

Forest Owners Association President, Peter Weir, said the report was timely, since industry experts are engaging in finding effective ways through forest management and research priorities to build more resilient forests and more resilient communities.

The report can be viewed at http://www.nzffa.org.nz

A REPORT on alternative plantation forest species has become available on the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website that details the characteristics of a wide variety of tree species suited to steep erosion-prone land.

The alternative trees have root structures that may better resist landslides after harvest.

The report was written by Dean Satchell, of Sustainable Forest Solutions, and contributes to present industry considerations of how to lessen the vulnerability of trees now being planted for harvests that will take place decades in the future.

Farm Forestry Association President, Neil Cullen said that land and forest managers were lacking in the sort of information the report contained around steep, erosion prone, terrain.

“This report identifies the considerable amount of research still required, but does go a long way to provide guidance on the options for landowners preparing resource consent applications to plant or replant land now zoned Red under the new National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF),” Mr Cullen said.

Mr Satchell said owners of red-zoned land who wish to clear-fell need to provide regional councils with evidence that significant adverse environmental effects can be minimised.

“Those landowners should consider an erosion-mitigating forest cover on replant.

“This report provides information on best practice, identifies the gaps in knowledge and sets the scope for the future to improve environmental outcomes from plantation forestry on steeplands,” he said.

“We need more forests on steep hill country to mitigate erosion where pastoral cover isn’t enough” Mr Cullen said.

“However, we need the right species, the right rotation lengths and the right harvesting strategies for the best environmental outcomes.

“Forestry is the best land use for erodible hill country, but best practice changes over time to meet the expectations of society and increasing severity of storms.”

Mr Cullen said an intense downpour that hit recently harvested and replanted sites in Tolaga Bay resulted in slash mobilisation which made news headlines and has impacted very negatively on the forest industry’s social licence to operate.

“This report lists a variety of alternative species available that could drive different harvest practices and improve environmental outcomes. It’s up to industry to be proactive and adjust their practices to reflect what society requires,” he said.

“It suggests that alternative regimes and or species will be required now, which will accumulate evidence over time that significant adverse environmental effects can be minimised with best practice.”

Forest Owners Association President, Peter Weir, said the report was timely, since industry experts are engaging in finding effective ways through forest management and research priorities to build more resilient forests and more resilient communities.

The report can be viewed at http://www.nzffa.org.nz

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