Coronet Forest Management Plan 2017
Submissions have now closed, a summary will be available online shortly
Statement of Proposal [PDF 100KB]
Coronet Forest Report [PDF 90KB]
Draft Coronet Forest Management Plan 2017 [PDF 1.9MB]
QLDC is seeking formal feedback on its updated Coronet Forest Management Plan 2017.
This management plan has been developed after public consultation around the early harvest of Coronet Forest saw 85% of respondents in favour of the early harvest option, as a way to reduce the spread of wilding pines in our district.
The QLDC and CODC have an opportunity to harvest the Coronet Forest before full maturity, in order to mitigate the wilding threat and re-establish the site with more suitable vegetation. A full harvest now is a solution for dealing with the wider wilding spread that retention of the forest will inevitably continue to contribute to. Just harvesting the oldest stands will not solve the problem as the younger stands at the top of the forest will continue to spread seed in high winds.
The management plan describes the management proposals and revegetation recommended for a 2017 harvest. It has been projected that the harvest will produce 67,940 m3 of recoverable log product from the forest. The duration of the harvest has been estimated to be around a two-year duration and given the current market and the economics of harvesting most of the crop may be destined for an export market.
As the Coronet Forest is very prominent within the Wakatipu Basin, one of the key objective of the revegetation program is to promote vegetation of the site as soon as possible after harvest to reduce the visual disturbance of the site. Another is to prevent the establishment of competing woody weeds, especially Douglas fir seedlings.
The plan is to establish 30% the site with planted beech forest, a further 10% of the site will be planted in grey shrub-land species and at higher altitudes tussock alpine species. The remaining 60% of the site will be revegetated with introduced grasses initially to supress woody weeds, but to promote the establishment of a vegetation cover across the site.