Changes to forestry rules announced this week will put power back into the hands of local communities according to Federated Farmers forestry spokesman Toby Williams. Slash regulations have been tightened to reduce the risk of damage to downstream communities, as during Cyclone Gabrielle. Slash longer than two metres and with a large-end diameter of more than 10 centimetres must be removed after harvesting from erosion-prone land ”unless it is unsafe to do so”. Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chair and local farmer Toby Williams joins Mark Leishman on Round Up.
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