Forestry firm loses international certification over slash

1News New Zealand
February 16, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

One of New Zealand’s largest forestry companies has had its certification suspended over slash damage in and around Tolaga Bay. The company, Ernslaw, is owned by a Malaysian forestry giant. The certification was from the Forest Stewardship Council, an international body that sets forestry standards. Damage to the area from the slash is from 2018, however, locals still remained concerned. Tolaga Bay farmer Mike Parker said there’s “thousands” of areas which have had slash damage. …Chair of the Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use Hekia Parata said it was an environmental disaster unfolding in plain sight. Not only has Ernslaw lost its certification from the Forest Stewardship Council but an audit was being conducted into many forests around the country. Ernslaw said it was appealing the suspension.

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