In support of Bob Loone’s most recent articles — Forestry is destroying communities, Letters from Bob — on the effects of corporate plantations, I submit this photo of top soil runoff at Roaring Beach on the Tasman Peninsula from this year.
Prior to the establishment of a plantation in the Roaring Beach water catchment, these extensive muddy runoffs after heavy rains simply did not happen. Now, they are a constant.
Pity the land owner who was told by Gunns that top soil runoff caused by clearfelling would be kept to a minimum. The problem is, if this is the minimum, there is not a great future for this bit of land.