​Media Statement

Statement on reports on native forest harvest

28 March 2019

"I have never, ever, pushed for or proposed in any way an exit from native forest harvest.

"I have never ever heard of nor discussed any plan to exit native forest logging, ever.

"In line with industry requests, I said exploring a carbon methodology for native forest logging was sensible, and noted this was in the remit of the Environment Minister, not my own. Industry have assured my office this morning it also believes exploring this is sensible.

​"I also said Beekeepers, responsible for so much of our food, must have their needs taken into account when harvest agreements and arrangements are negotiated given the huge reliance bees have on native forest. This is a commonsense suggestion."