Breaking Out: A solution for permanant Forests

Back in 2005 the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) approved a plan for its 650-hectare reserves to be managed as a permanent mixed-age amenity forest, allowing limited commercial recovery.


This was the culmination of previous attempts by the QLDC to implement a long-term plan for its reserves.

It has indicated recently that this plan, titled Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill Forestry Plan, could be revised and updated.


This could provide extra jobs for tourism workers redundant due to COVID-19 according to one report.

The basic research, at some cost to the Council, was undertaken by then Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) forester, Branislav Zoric, an Austrian specialist in European recreational/production forests.


To say he was thorough would be an understatement. Over the previous two years he had developed a series of plots resulting in 17 separate compartments.


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