SANParks explains the felling of the Tokai plantation

The prospect of felling pine and gum trees in the lower Tokai plantation angered many Capetonians who frequent the area for recreational purposes.

According to Gavin Bell, Area Manager for SANParks the area they are currently focusing on is the upper Tokai plantations.

The email sent to John Maytham by a concerned resident, stated the agreed time for felling the lower Tokai plantation as 2024 and not 2016.

However, Bell says the felling schedule has been accelerated due to the timber that was burnt in March this year in the upper part of Tokai.

The timber that was burnt, it starts rotting, a disease gets in and it starts turning blue, and it loses its commercial value.

Gavin Bell, Area Manager SANParks

The Tokai Pine Plantation is a commercial operation. MTO Forestry owns that timber in Upper Tokai, and have started felling operations at an accelerated rate because they don't want to lose the value of the timber that was burnt, says Bell.

He says lower Tokai, which is the area most used for recreational purposes, is one of the transitional shade areas, which was always going to be cut and replanted.

On Friday this week a meeting will be held to discuss the felling schedule for lower and middle Tokai, according to Bell.

SANParks will be able to clarify the dates of the felling of the lower and middle Tokai plantations after this meeting, but it will definitely be sooner than 2024.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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