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Forestry harvest heading into August

Wednesday, July 10, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: walking, cycling, recreation, safety

Waimakariri District Council media release: 9th July 2019

The forestry harvest along the coast between Pegasus and Waikuku will now continue through until the end of August. This is slightly longer than expected to allow some additional areas to be harvested for the safety of park users.

A health and safety assessment identified an area alongside the horse trail that could present some risk from tree branches falling in the near future so we have decided to go ahead and harvest while the crew are on site. We would usually harvest this area in four or five years’ time but by doing so now, we reduce risk to users, disruptions to park access and potential damage to the tracks.

This extension to the harvest will also provide time for Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust to plant some more native plants in key areas and install new signs along the tracks.

The yells of 'timber' may have surprised some people last week as 340 schoolchildren from Pegasus Bay School visited the harvest site to find out more about forestry operations. They watched tree felling and de-limbing as well as hearing about the benefits of forest plantations.

The kids were then put to work planting 400 totara seedlings - donated by Laurie Forestry Limited - along the coastal track.

Council’s Community Projects Officer Mike Kwant says, “The kids had a great time seeing the equipment in action and were really enthusiastic about planting the native trees. It’s good to hear them learning more about the Tūhaitara Coastal Park and continue their involvement in this environment.”

All the horse trails from Woodend Beach north through to Waikuku remain closed but the walking/cycle track from Pegasus to Waikuku is open to the public. Tracks south from Woodend Beach are open. As usual, please follow all guidance and safety advice near the forest – this is a live work site and should be avoided by the public.

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  • Canterbury District Health Board
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  • Ministry of Health
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  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch