A proposal to plant 20ha of Douglas fir - a species of pine
classified as wilding in New Zealand - for commercial
purposes at a property near Luggate will be considered by
A resource consent application lodged by Lake McKay Station
provides a description and management plan for the proposed
operation from Southern Forests New Zealand Ltd, on behalf of
Colin Harvey, owner of the station.
Southern Forests NZ Ltd forest manager Josh Cairns said while
Douglas fir had a "moderate to high risk" of wilding spread
in the area, shelter from prevailing winds would minimise
potential risk of seed dispersal from the plantation.
Fertilisation and grazing by stock in the paddocks next to
the forest would also help keep wilding issues to a minimum
and any seedlings establishing would be easily controlled by
manual or mechanical removal by the landowner.
Use of the established scrub as a boundary to the plantation
and the terraced nature of the adjoining land would mitigate
aesthetic and visual effects, Mr Cairns said.
Plantation forestry of Douglas fir is a discretionary
activity under the district plan.
At present, Lake McKay Station is a large-scale working
sheep, beef and arable property.