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After seeking public feedback last year on a proposal to harvest the Coronet Forest early, QLDC is now formally consulting with the public on the updated Coronet Forest Management Plan 2017.

The new management plan has been put together after public consultation saw 85% of respondents in favour of the early harvest option, as a way to reduce the spread of wilding pines in our district.

Coronet Forest has become a major seed source for the spread of wilding pined in our district, and wildings can now be seen creeping up the hills behind Arrowtown. In order to stop this spread, QLDC is proposing to harvest Coronet Forest early to eliminate the see source. While this will not be as profitable as letting the forest grow to maturity, it will negate the need for costly wilding control over this time.

The plan describes the management proposals and revegetation recommended for a 2017 harvest. It has been projected that the harvest will produce 67,940 m3 of recoverable wood product from the forest and is expected to take two years.

Coronet Forest is a prominent landmark within the Wakatipu Basin and one of the key objectives of the revegetation program is to start replanting as soon as possible after harvest, in order to reduce the visual effects of the site. Another important factor is to prevent the establishment of competing woody weeds, especially Douglas fir seedlings.

The plan is to establish 30% of the site with planted beech forest, while a further 10% of the site will be planted in grey shrub-land species and at higher altitudes tussock alpine species. The remaining 60% of the site will be planted introduced grasses to supress woody weeds and to encourage vegetation cover across the site.

Make a submission

Any person or organisation is welcome to make a submission on the proposed Coronet Forest Management Plan 2017. The Council encourages everyone with an interest to do so.

To view the full report and make an online submission please visit www.qldc.govt.nz or contact our Customer Services Team at services@qldc.govt.nz or 03 441 0499

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 8th May 2017.

The Council will make its decision after considering formal submissions and holding a public hearing. If you wish to speak at the hearing please contact Briana Pringle at briana.pringle@qldc.govt.nz or 03 450 1705.

Submissions open for Coronet Forest Management Plan 2017