The New Zealand Institute of Forestry (NZIF) held its annual conference today at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, with President James Treadwell’s opening address introducing the Forest Policy Project. The forestry sector is trying to put together an intergenerational forest policy for the greater good of New Zealand. “My hope is a clear policy will enable the governments of the day to clearly understand what the sector can offer, understand the long term nature of the sector and ensure any decision made is made with the sector and the long term policy in mind,” says James. The policy is not only looking at economic benefits, but also non-economic (environmental and social) benefits of forests.
The harvesting and re-establishment of plantations on steep
country with fragile soil is a significant challenge. There are productivity,
safety, environmental and social issues with current systems. There is a period
of vulnerability to severe storm events between when the existing tree roots
have died and before the newly established crop forms a continuous root mass.
When erosion and debris-flow occur, they attract public attention and the
sector’s “licence to operate” is threatened. The theme of this issue is the concept of inter-rotation planning,
where decisions about logging and re-establishment are integrated, made prior
to short-term harvest-planning.
Scion and Landcare collaborate with the lead article that
discusses “what we know and need to know”. There are five more papers on:
reducing the risk of landslides and debris flow; the role of roots in erosion
control; nutrient supply to sustain volume growth; managing streams in the
forest; and site level Erosion Susceptibility Classification. The Last Word
warns that failure to improve current logging practice could result in
restrictions imposed as a result of public pressure.
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