Forestry slash strikes again

LETTER

So, another heavy rain event and another inundation of forestry slash into the Coast rivers causing damage to property. How often has this happened, and is the forestry industry doing anything to mitigate this?

Given the amount of slash I have seen sitting on skid sites and hillsides up the Coast, I doubt it.

Does forest harvesting require resource consent? If so, is our council doing anything to ensure slash is controlled? Or is the forestry industry too big to touch?

On another note, are forestry contractors exempt from the road rules? Given the number of times I have been driving on SH35 at the speed limit only to be passed by a forestry ute/van, I can only assume that is the case!

Michael Arnaboldi

So, another heavy rain event and another inundation of forestry slash into the Coast rivers causing damage to property. How often has this happened, and is the forestry industry doing anything to mitigate this?

Given the amount of slash I have seen sitting on skid sites and hillsides up the Coast, I doubt it.

Does forest harvesting require resource consent? If so, is our council doing anything to ensure slash is controlled? Or is the forestry industry too big to touch?

On another note, are forestry contractors exempt from the road rules? Given the number of times I have been driving on SH35 at the speed limit only to be passed by a forestry ute/van, I can only assume that is the case!

Michael Arnaboldi

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