Coastal Harvest and Replant Getting Started

Published: 01-May-2019

If you are near the Coastal Forestry strip east of Pegasus Township, you will see some harvest machinery and equipment as we gear up to start preparations for the harvest of the coastal forest estate.

Council’s contractors, Laurie Forestry and Trans-Tasman Forestry, will be harvesting the remaining blocks of the coastal forest between Pegasus and Waikuku Beach starting from 6 May. The planned completion date for the harvest is the end of July.

During this period, a weed management programme will take place before replanting of the forest gets underway. Contractors will be wind-raking and ground spraying to manage the weed growth across these areas.

Once completed, replanting of pine seedlings will begin, with some areas and walkways being planted with native shrubs and trees. Weed management and planting will run through to at least September and is weather dependent.

Strict health and safety practices will be in place throughout the programmed work and extra care will be taken around existing biota-nodes, native forestry and plants, waterway and lagoons.

The Tūhaitara Coastal Park between Woodend Beach Road north to Kiwi Avenue in Waikuku will be closed to the public for the duration of the harvest. This includes the horse trails.

Trucks and machinery will continue through the access route by the Woodend Camp ground before exiting via Woodend Beach Road to SH1.

Signage, safety tape, and spotters will be in place throughout the work and the public are asked to adhere to signage and avoid cordoned off areas.

Initially this area was planted as commercial forestry and is due for harvesting about every 25 years. Council is working with Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust and over the long-term the plan is to develop these areas into recreation areas, walkways and native forestry.

The Council are continuing to work with the contractors to develop a more detailed plan and timeline for the harvest and we will keep you updated.