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 email@example.com.
You can read more about the new
regulations and use some of the useful tools on the Ministry for Primary
Industries website http://www.mpi.govt.nz/growing-and-harvesting/forestry/national-environmental-standards-for-plantation-forestry/
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: