Acknowledge issues, working on solutions

LETTER

It is disappointing to see the anti-forestry sentiment in the paper and the negative poll result, but the Eastland Wood Council would like to thank people for their feedback. We acknowledge there are a number of issues out there but also assure the community they are not being ignored and we along with other entities in the region are working on them.

Much of the forestry was established in this region via government intervention to help combat erosion and provide employment, and this has been largely successful. Post-harvest is a vulnerable time for the environment so we are working on improving slash management.

There is an increasing demand for workers, as you will see in the situations vacant of the paper, however the industry is moving towards more mechanisation. This will make it safer for everyone and, for the employers, more sustainable.

Forestry contributes significantly to roading — commonly half of the rates for forest land go to roading, as well as the Road User Charges and fuel excise.

EWC and Gisborne District Council are lobbying central government for more funding for rural roads, and are hosting a group from MPI and NZTA in the region shortly to show them first-hand the extent of the problem.

Iain McInnes

Chairman, Eastland Wood Council

It is disappointing to see the anti-forestry sentiment in the paper and the negative poll result, but the Eastland Wood Council would like to thank people for their feedback. We acknowledge there are a number of issues out there but also assure the community they are not being ignored and we along with other entities in the region are working on them.

Much of the forestry was established in this region via government intervention to help combat erosion and provide employment, and this has been largely successful. Post-harvest is a vulnerable time for the environment so we are working on improving slash management.

There is an increasing demand for workers, as you will see in the situations vacant of the paper, however the industry is moving towards more mechanisation. This will make it safer for everyone and, for the employers, more sustainable.

Forestry contributes significantly to roading — commonly half of the rates for forest land go to roading, as well as the Road User Charges and fuel excise.

EWC and Gisborne District Council are lobbying central government for more funding for rural roads, and are hosting a group from MPI and NZTA in the region shortly to show them first-hand the extent of the problem.

Iain McInnes

Chairman, Eastland Wood Council

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Henry Koia - 18 days ago
I think the time is long overdue for an East Coast Forestry Sustainability Strategy. I've developed a model and tools that the EWC or anyone else can use at no cost to stimulate strategic thinking and how to convert that thinking into action that's going to achieve the model's social, environmental and economic sustainability-enabling outcomes. Visit www.falconplanning.nz.

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