Plantation forestry is an important land use in the Greater Wellington region. It provides an economic use of land while delivering some environmental benefits e.g. erosion control.
Currently plantation forestry operations in the region have functioned under our operative and proposed regional plans. As of 1 May 2018, the new National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) take effect. The NES-PF provides a new set of nationwide rules for plantation forestry activities. These rules prevail over our operative and proposed regional plans in most instances.
Below are some FAQ's to assist with the implementation of the NES-PF
GWRC will implement the NES-PF by:
As a foresters it is your responsibility to ensure that you:
The Erosion Susceptibility Classification can be used to check erosion risk and whether activities will be undertaken on land which may require a resource consent
The Fish Spawning Calculator can be used to assess environmental risks when disturbing rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands
The Wilding Tree Risk Calculator is used when assessing afforestation activities
The MPI website has other useful guidance material to assist with implementing the NES-PF
Below are some helpful flowcharts to assist foresters to check if activities will require a resource consent: