Forestry proactive, pays its way

By Julian Kohn
The Gisborne Herald
November 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Readers may be interested to understand the facts of what Dame Anne Salmond is commenting about in her letter of November 7, 2017 (Forestry here far from FSC theory). 1. Of the three companies that are FSC certified in this district, two, Juken New Zealand Ltd and Hikurangi Forest Farms Ltd, are both heavily invested in processing in this region. 2. The three FSC-certified companies account for approximately half of the total afforested area in this region. 3. These companies, along with all forest owners, have been and still are ratepayers, just like everyone else. Unlike others, there has been a weighting on their rates for road maintenance of 4x for quite some years. Additionally, all are paying Road User Charges on trucks and any diesel vehicle that uses those roads. 4. There is no expectation that local ratepayers should subsidise the industry.

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