Harvesting operations in the Gisborne region have come under greater scrutiny since the winter floods brought down masses of slash behind Tolaga Bay, which has led to 17 abatement notices being issued by the District Council.


In a newsletter published by the council, it says it has issued 17 abatement notices under the Resource Management Act to a number of the forestry companies in the Tolaga Bay catchment.


Those abatement notices required companies to cease actions contravening their resource consent conditions relating to forestry debris, skid sites, erosion risk and sediment control.


The newsletter goes on to say: “Given that some forestry companies have appealed their abatement notices, we can’t comment further while these cases are before the court...


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