Early harvest of Otago forest debated

Friday 19 Apr 2024

Queenstown council’s defending its decision to prematurely harvest its Coronet Forest above Malaghans Rd in Otago, New Zealand. 

Veteran forester Jim Childerstone believes council would have been far better off harvesting the 175-hectare forest after almost 45 years rather than 31, as he and other foresters had advised. He says on council figures, its ‘profits’ from harvesting the forest, between 2020 and May last year, came to about $10,500 per ha, excluding planting, pruning, thinning and management costs.

At the same time, he points out other Douglas fir forests were returning $20,000 to $25,000 per ha.

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Source: Otago Daily Times

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