1 Aug 2008

Tree felling beside SH6 opposed

8:03 am on 1 August 2008

Transit New Zealand is facing opposition to the felling of 250 trees, including rimu and matai, on the west coast of the South Island.

The trees are being removed from a stretch of State Highway 6 in the Haast Valley, which runs alongside a World Heritage site.

The Royal Forest & Bird Society claims healthy trees are among those affected. The Green Party has called the operation a chainsaw massacre.

Transit says the trees are being removed because they pose a threat to road users.

It says permission from the Department of Conservation was obtained before any trees were felled.