Land & soil
Soils are a non-renewable resource and are vital to Southland's productive capacity. They sustain plant and animal production, can maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation.
When the physical, chemical and biological performance of soils is optimised, they are able to soak up rain and contaminants. Even if the soil structure is good, if not well managed, it threatens agricultural productivity, air and water quality.
We help communities reduce the risk of flooding and erosion to their properties.
If your commercial forestry is at least one hectare, and will be harvested, you're required to submit written notices and plans to us.
We provide free advice and information on a variety of land management issues.
Soil info sheets
See all our soil type factsheets.
We measure soil moisture, rainfall and soil temperature across Southland.
A selection of reports and factsheets to learn about Southland's soil resources.