Land sustainability officer Keith Finlayson joined the team at Environment Southland more than two years ago.
Hailing from the Wairarapa, Keith completed his Masters in Applied Science at Otago University before spotting the role that combines his passions for the environment, being out and about and working with people.
Keith has a strong interest in forestry, and takes the lead for the team when working with plantation forestry block owners and contractors.
The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry that were introduced in 2018 aim to maintain or improve the environmental outcomes associated with managing plantation forestry activities by reducing sediment getting into waterways, managing slash, wilding risk and other potential impacts.
Keith and the team are here to help you understand the requirements when it comes to harvesting or establishing a new plantation forestry block. These regulations apply to plantation forestry that is at least one hectare, and has been planted for commercial purposes including everything from small woodlots right up to corporate forest estates.
For those looking to establish a new planting, carefully consider your species. Discuss options with forestry experts and contact Environment Southland for more advice. If you are about to undertake harvesting or afforestation of a hectare or more, you are required to submit written notices and plans to Environment Southland at least 20 working days before the activity starts.
Check out the forms below.
The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) came in on 1 May 2018.
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. You can complete the online form below, or send a completed PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
If you have any questions, please ring our land sustainability team on 0800 76 88 45.