Spring smoke blooms
October 29 2019
I love Spring, as I am sure do most people. It is the season where mostly good things happen, blossom, new growth, daylight saving, but, and it is a big but, it is the season where the selfish farmers and developers come out of hibernation, put their blinkers and ear muffs on and do their thing (please note this is not all farmers and developers). A very small selfish few take it upon themselves to set fires to green waste and see it burn for days on end, polluting the environment they share with more than 20,000 others, let alone the many tourists who spend a lot of money to visit so called clean green Queenstown.
Come on guys those smoke filled days are not a good look. Why do they do it? Because they can, and they will trot out reasons like we got a permit... that does not make it right, or we have done it for years, again that does not make it right. Maybe they like the orange sunset!
The most recent example I experienced was in the last week of September/early October, when a particularly selfish farmer, (opposite Jacks Point and Hanley Farm... you know who you are), decided to set fire to about 12 piles of branches and needles from trees recently cut down. This pile never had a chance to dry out and maybe have a less smoke polluting burn.
This farmer is either a slow learner or really doesn’t care, as he had a similar burn a month before and barely more than week after the trees had been felled. Guess what? They smoked and smoldered for more than three weeks!! I suggest this farmer should check out how the professional forestry companies do it. They cut the tress, trim the branches and leave it to decompose rapidly, not a fire in sight.
Wake up. You may not like it, however you share this beautiful part of the world with others and you are required to play your part to care for it, otherwise the season of new growth will disappear forever.
How dare you! (to borrow a phrase)