Recent rain is delaying the re-opening of the Poplar Lane access to the Papamoa Hills Park, which has been closed for logging since last October.
The logging is completed and now the re-opening of the Poplar Lane access is depending on conditions – boggy ground caused by recent wet weather has delayed progress.
Fulton Hogan and council contractors are committed to re-building the track as quickly as ground conditions allow.
“A re-opening date will be announced when the track re-instatement is finished; we're still hopeful that will be later this month,” says Bay of Plenty Regional Council land management officer Courtney Bell.
An exact date will be announced when the track re-instatement is finished, says Courtney.
A recent slip on the park will not impact on the reopening of the site, although it did cross a popular walking track – meaning slip material will now need to be cleared from the area.
Access to the Papamoa Hills Park from Poplar Lane has remained closed all summer because there were more trees on the land that was originally calculated. It was originally expected to re-open mid-January
Fulton Hogan has advised Bay of Plenty Regional Council the timeframe for completion of their logging operation has been extended due to harvest quantities exceeding pre-harvest calculations.
“The main access track will be re-instated and a re-opening date set as soon as we regain access to the carpark and main track area, which is on land leased from Fulton Hogan,” says BOPRC Kaituna catchments manager Pim de Monchy.
“Sometimes I think forestry contract harvesters tend estimate at the low end so don't disappoint the client when they come out with tonnage,” says Pim. “It's a good things from a cashflow perspective for the owner of the forest, but it takes longer.”
“This delay is disappointing but it means the logging operation can still be completed during summer when there's least risk of sediment runoff into waterways. It also avoids the need for additional closures in future.”