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National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF)

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) come into effect on 1 May 2018.

These are a single set of regulations under the Resource Management Act that apply to foresters throughout New Zealand. 

If you have a forestry block larger than one hectare that was planted specifically for commercial activities and harvest, then the NES-PF will apply to you.
The NES-PF sets out rules for eight plantation forestry activities:

  • afforestation
  • pruning and thinning to waste
  • earthworks
  • river crossings
  • forest quarrying
  • harvesting
  • mechanical land preparation
  • replanting

Most forestry activities are permitted by the NES-PF so long as foresters meet specific conditions to prevent significant adverse environmental effects. If foresters can't meet these conditions they need to apply for a resource consent.

Forestry activities in Otago have been managed under the Water Plan, but this will change on 1 May, when the NES-PF takes effect.

We're working closely with the forestry industry to define what the new rules will look like in Otago, and we'll keep you updated about what they will mean for you if you have a forestry block on your farm.

Find out more information on the MPI website >>


Please use this email address for notifying Otago Regional Council of the activities that are covered by the NES-PF: forestry@orc.govt.nz

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