scoop.co.nz 16 Mar, 2021 23:30 am

New Mine Would Destroy Native Forest, Conservation Land

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March 17, 2021 Environment Press Release – Forest and Bird Forest & Bird is calling on the Department of Conservation to decline an application for a new opencast mine that would destroy native forest on conservation land.At a time when relatively few old-growth temperate forests remain in the … Forest & Bird is calling on the Department of Conservation to decline an application for a new opencast mine that would destroy native forest on conservation land.“New Zealanders love nature and rightly have an expectation that our old-growth forests will be protected for future generations, especially on conservation land.The planned quarry includes 15ha of conservation land, 1ha of which been quarried before.

In 2017 the Labour Government promised to stop new mines on conservation land, but no progress has been made.But like many other pieces of precious conservation land it is only classified as stewardship land, which has slightly weaker legal protection.

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