New Zealand to investigate forestry slash, land use after cyclone

The Daily Times
February 24, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

NEW ZEALAND will hold an inquiry to investigate forestry slash and land use causing woody debris and sediment-related damage in Gisborne and Wairoa, after Cyclone Gabrielle lashed the North Island and killed 11 people over the past week. The two-month inquiry will help address the impacts of weather events such as cyclones Hale and Gabrielle and earlier events, according to the inquiry panel on Thursday. It will investigate past and current land-use practices and the impact of woody debris including forestry slash and sediment on communities, livestock, buildings and the environment. It will also look at associated economic drivers and constraints, the panel said. The inquiry members are former government minister Hekia Parata, who is also chair of the panel. …New Zealand declared state of emergency on Feb. 13, the third time in the country’s history.

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