Kingsland Forest, on the flanks of the Barnicoat Range that forms the backdrop to Richmond, is a plantation forestry block that has become a popular recreation destination for bikers and walkers.
A new harvesting cycle is about to start in Kingsland Forest. We need to decide whether to replant pines for future harvest or to manage the forest solely as a recreational and biodiversity asset for Richmond, replanting in either native or permanent exotic species.
That's where you come in - what's your vision for the future of Kingsland Forest?
Kingsland Forest is the least profitable of the plantation forests the Council owns and manages. Harvest cycles impinge on recreational use of the area and on biodiversity. Harvesting can also present a downstream risk to the urban community of Richmond, particularly given the more frequent storms we are experiencing in the District.
The private owners of the neighbouring Silvan Forest are planning to transition from a commercial forestry operation to a large-scale arboretum of natives and exotic species to better complement the mountain bike park within the forest. There are potential future synergies for Kingsland and Silvan Forest, both for future replanting and the development of recreational links.
A new harvesting cycle is about to start in Kingsland Forest. That cycle will take the next 20 years to complete. We need to decide now whether to replant pines for future harvest or to manage the forest solely as a recreational and biodiversity asset for Richmond, replanting in either native or permanent exotic species.
Kingsland Forest is one of several forests we own to raise revenue and reduce the demand on rates. Many of these forests, such as Moturoa/Rabbit Island and Kingsland, are also key destinations for recreation.
Kingsland Forest covers about 100 hectares, most of which is planted with pinus radiata. A significant proportion of these trees are due to be harvested in the next few years. There are also pockets of native species within the forest that are being restored through additional planting and pest control by active and keen volunteers. The forest contains the ‘Barrington Gum’, a Eucalyptus regnans or mountain ash, which is reputed to be one of the tallest trees in New Zealand.
Stormwater from the forest flows through the Richmond urban area before reaching the sea. Any decisions on future land use will need to consider the impacts on these stormwater flows.
Swing by and have a chat with us! Council staff will be available at the following locations to discuss the Draft Kingsland Forest Development Plan -
Richmond Baptist Boot Sale
Saturday 25 January, early - noon
Wednesday 29 January, 4pm – 7pm
Tuesday 11 February, 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 15 February, 8:30am - noon
Sunday 23 February, 8:30am - noon
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Richmond, 16 March 2020