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Written by Franco Meyer, Northland Regional Council   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Northland Regional Council Monitoring Officer Tim Senington stands in a Northland stream so blocked with forestry slash and sediment it is barely recognisable as a water body.
Northland Regional Council Monitoring Officer Tim Senington stands
in a Northland stream so blocked with forestry slash and sediment
it is barely recognisable as a water body.

The forestry industry is being urged to lift its game to ensure harvesting and earthworks meet rules designed to protect the environment from harmful sediment discharges.

The Northland Regional Council says while there’s generally a high level of compliance with forestry-related resource consent conditions in Northland, the same cannot be said for ‘permitted activities’.

...it is apparent that many people are unaware that such controls are even needed

Council rules allow some aspects of forestry (mainly harvesting and related earthworks) to be done without resource consent as ‘permitted activities’, provided certain criteria are met.

“Unfortunately, our experience is that most of the permitted activity work done in Northland is currently non-compliant, much of it significantly so,” the council’s Environmental Monitoring Officer – Land Use, Franco Meyer says.

Mr Meyer says the most common mistakes involve slash/wood waste material finding its way into streams and sediment discharges to water.

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