Replanting planned for burnt forests

Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

The forestry company that owns 60 per cent of the plantations lost in the Nelson fire is hopeful it can start regrowing the area this winter. Tasman Pine Forests - owned by Sumitomo Forestry NZ - manages 36,200 hectares of forest in the Nelson Marlborough region.

The Pigeon valley fire started outside of Tasman Pine Forests estate, but soon spread to an area of 2300ha. About 1400ha - or 60 per cent of the total area burnt - was owned by the company. With the fire now contained, the company was taking stock and planning for the future.

Tasman Pine Forests chief operating officer Steve Chandler said the forestry losses were serious and the supply of logs to customers had been affected. But he said the fire was not expected to have a short or long term impact on Tasman Pine's business in the region.

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