19 Nov 2013

Still too early for full assessment of lost trees

12:46 pm on 19 November 2013

The Farm Forestry Association says it's too early yet to know how many of the trees lost in the spring storms in Canterbury will be replaced.

Well over 1 million tonnes of timber were lying on the ground throughout Canterbury and further afield in September and October.

Entire shelter belts were knocked down and some commercial plantations and woodlots were badly damaged.

National president Ian Jackson of Canterbury said the priority at the moment is to get the clean-up done.

He said the biggest challenge there is finding contractors available to harvest the fallen trees. But once that's over, landowners can turn their minds towards replanting.

Mr Jackson said it was noticeable that trimmed shelter belts were the ones that weathered the storms.