Maruia, Okarito, Saltwater forest, beech forest, logging,
the beech scheme, rimu, Timberlands, Kit Richards, sustainable management of forests,
conservation, preservation, ancient rainforest,
all buzz-words of a vital and passionately debated topic in New Zealand in 1999 and 2000.
Some more are; sustainability, Resource Management Act, the West Coast Accord,
Labour, Minister of Forests, Hodgson, Clark, election mandate, city greenies, nfa, Native Forest Action,
F&B, Royal Forest and Bird, twigs and twitters, destruction, clearfelling, helicopter logging, Efford, modelling; and they apply to
Sustainable forest management in indigenous beech forest
for fine timber production and enhanced conservation
in the State Forests of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
Timberlands West Coast Ltd. carefully planned for 10 years, at a cost of $3 million NZ, with the guarantee of the West Coast Accord as a firm and contractually binding basis, to begin innovative and world-leading sustainable forest management processes and techniques for perpetual production of fine beech timber for furniture, and for enhanced conservation of threatened plants and wildlife in the process. The newly-elected Labour government in December 1999, halted the environmental planning process, claiming that the support they obtained (before the November 1999 election) from northern city electorates for a new policy to 'put a stop to all logging in state indigenous forests', was a valid mandate to break the 1986 contract (the West Coast Accord) with the West Coast region. Further, they decided to curtail the very successful, audited, sustainable management of rimu forests in South Westland that has been in operation for about 8 years, and have decided that it will end in 2002. Thus began a vigorous debate in New Zealand on indigenous forest management.
I have involved in this debate for several months - so here is more contribution from me on this vital topic.