Sustainable, conservation-oriented management
for fine timber production and enhanced conservation
of the State Forests of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

From about September 1999, when the Labour parliamentary party adopted a new policy to ban all log production including from sustainable forest management from state indigenous forests, a debate has raged. This new policy breaks a legally binding agreement the Crown entered into in 1986.

I have involved in this debate for several months - so here is more contribution from me on this vital topic.

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This is only one site with papers for the Environment Court hearing. Euan Mason has more at a site he has.
To see more papers on another site, go to Euan's beech pages.

Lower, are other significant papers. Click here. for the rest of the Table of Contents.

This is the Table of Contents for papers intended for presentation at the
Resource Management Act (1991) Consents Hearing.

  1. Major paper Assessment of Environmental effects, beech scheme. This has the details of what Timberlands actually planned, and is what other critics commented on. Direct from the Timberlands server, in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat on your machine. Set up a directory for it; Size 2.47 MB
  2. Major paper Assessment of Environmental effects, beech scheme (SAME AS ABOVE, in html). This has the details of what Timberlands actually planned. The pdf file converted into html, and the graphics into GIF files. There are several files, linked sequentially by hypertext code.
  3. Major paper Submission by Dr Henrik Moller of Ecosystems Consultants Ltd. Converted from the rtf file, with significant manual input; 266 kb.
                        Sustainable Management of Beech Forests:
                        Consequences for Biodiversity and New Zealand Conservation Management.

    This is a major paper on the relationship between the most vulnerable vertebrate animals and the proposed forest management practices, written by a scrupulously particular and exact scientist with an excellent reputation world-wide.

    This paper is a "must-read" if you wish to grasp the most important facts of the proposals.

  4. Major paper Submission by Dr Henrik Moller of Ecosystems Consultants Ltd. The rtf file, 302 kb. Same as above. Download should start if you click on the link.
  5. Major paper Submission by Ian L James of Okarito, for Timberlands. Assessment of Environmental Effects. This page is being worked on currently. Ian wrote the Growth Modelling software for Timberlands that has featured in controversy with the models written by Dr Murray Efford of Landcare Research under contract to Forest and Bird.

    Dr Efford's models were used with devastating and misleading effect by politicians and others, and have been heavily criticised by forest modelling experts who say that inappropriate techniques and assumptions were built into the models and these result in erroneous results when used without appropriate knowledge in starting the models to work. Contact me if you want to know more about the Landcare models.
  6. Major paper Submission by Professor John Craig, Head of the School of Environmental Science of Auckland University. Professor Craig was commissioned by the Buller and Tasman District Councils to evaluate and report on the Timberlands beech forest management proposals. The value of Professor Craig's evaluation lies at least in part that he has a high profile and reputation as an environmental expert and constructive activist from a quite different part of New Zealand.
    Read his paper for another viewpoint. It is not a large paper.
  7. Major papers Link page to parts of some major DOC reports in draft format. The Department of Conservation had its staff prepare position papers for the Environmental Court hearing. They were never presented because the hearing was stopped on instruction by the new Labour government.
  8. Major paper Evidence of Philip Milne, Legal Counsel for TWC Legal submissions on behalf of Timberlands West Coast Limited
  9. Evidential paper Submission by Mr D. A. Franklin. The creation, functions and actions of the Scientific Co-ordinating Committee.
  10. Evidential paper Submission by Mr B. N. Watson. The Draft Recreation and Tourism Management Plan of Timberlands West Coast Limited.
  11. Significant evidential paper Submission by Mr P. L. Glasson. Resource management and environmental planning.
  12. Submission written by by Eugenie Sage of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society to the Buller District Council.
Other papers worth reading - here.


Public release From Forest and Bird, written by Eugenie Sage This is a non-scientific detraction of the Timberlands application. Readers are recommended to check it against other papers on this site and Euan Mason's for the facts of sustainability and the effects of forestry practices. Many of the statements in this paper are untruthful.

"West Coast indigenous Forest - The Myth of Sustainable Logging." Lecture at Canterbury School of Forestry by Eugenie Sage This is a criticism of the Timberlands Resource Consent application. Readers are recommended to check it against other papers on this site and Euan Mason's for the facts of sustainability and the effects of forestry practices. See also the version (below) of this paper with comments about statements made by Ms Sage in text boxes, and references inserted.

"West Coast indigenous Forest - The Myth of Sustainable Logging." Lecture at Canterbury School of Forestry by Eugenie Sage This is an annotated version of her criticism of the Timberlands Resource Consent application. Readers are recommended to check it against other papers on this site and Euan Mason's for the facts of sustainability and the effects of forestry practices.

"Can Populist Conservation sustain advances in World Sustainability? " Lecture at Canterbury School of Forestry by Kit Richards Lecture delivered on 9 June 2000, on the Canterbury University Campus, and part of a series of lectures open to the public, about sustainable management of our indigenous forests. Kit Richards was General Manager, Planning, for Timberlands West Coast Ltd, and the inspiration, developer and motivator for the innovative sustainable forest management planned by TWC, and stopped so precipitately by the new Labour Government in December 1999, as payback to Auckland and Coromandel Greens for electoral support. Is anti-science the way to go? Are votes really worth stifling the truth is the way that Labour did? Read about it here.

Analysis and Synopsis of Nicky Hager and Bob Burton's book "Secrets and Lies: the anatomy of an anti-environmentalist campaign" by Chris Perley. Nicky Hager and Bob Burton wrote a book "Secrets and Lies: the anatomy of an anti-environmentalist campaign" in 1999, just prior to the New Zealand General election. In a careful analysis of the actual facts and the book, Chris Perley shows that Hager and Burton pretended to write investigative journalism, but didn't. They actually used propaganda methods reminiscent of other cultures in an unscrupulous, cynical, misleading and untruthful PR campaign. This was directed against the Timberlands West Coast sustainable forest management plans for state indigenous beech forest.

Submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Forests (West Coast Accord) Bill; by Kit Richards. Kit Richards was General Manager (Planning) of TWC until he lost that position because the Prime Minister took objection to private e-mail he wrote to some friends. Read what this dynamic, enthusiastic and talented forest scientist has to say in his written submission on the proposed Act of Parliament designed to abolish the West Coast Accord.

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