Court asked if clear felling erosion prone land is legal

Court asked if clear felling erosion prone land is legal
The EDS is arguing that clear felling in some areas is unlawful. (Image: Getty)
Ian Llewellyn
Floods and landslips after this week's extreme weather event have brought into the spotlight a case challenging the lawfulness of councils allowing clear felling of land in high erosion risk areas. The case affects Marlborough but would have national applications because the problems are happening around the country as was “starkly apparent in Tairāwhiti recently”, says Environmental Defence Society  chief executive Gary Taylor. The society (EDS) is asking the environment court to rule that the National Environmen...

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