The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) came in on 1 May 2018.

The NES-PF aims to maintain or improve the environmental outcomes associated with managing plantation forestry activities, and to provide efficiencies and greater certainty in the management of these activities under the Resource Management Act 1991.

These regulations apply to forestry that is planted for commercial purposes, at least one hectare, and will be harvested. It also applies to all forestry infrastructure.

Plantation forestry operators are required to submit written notices and plans for afforestation, earthworks, river crossings, forest quarrying, harvesting, replanting wilding species and slash traps. These can be downloaded below and submitted to

Written Notice - NES-PF

You can read more about the new regulations and use some of the useful tools on the Ministry for Primary Industries website

The proposed Southland Water and Land Plan also applies to plantation forestry activities.  Find out how the Plan and the regulations interact with each other in our factsheet and comparison table:

Download our factsheet Management of Plantation Forestry here.

Download our table comparing the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry to the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan here.

If you have any questions, please ring our land sustainability team on 0800 76 88 45.

Page reviewed: 23 Jul 2018 2:39pm