The NES-CF will apply to both plantation forests and exotic continuous-cover forests (carbon forests) that are deliberately established for commercial purposes.
This will mean that environmental effects of large-scale forestry on the environment, communities and rural economies will be able to be better managed.
They will also:
- enable councils to consider more factors when making rules about forestry in their plans, including its location.
- require carbon foresters to plan out how they will meet environmental requirements for different forestry activities on their sites. These requirements for plantation foresters already exist. Existing requirements for plantation foresters have been updated and expanded.
- state clear rules for carbon forest harvest should this be undertaken.
- introduce a range of operational changes including a new permitted activity standard for managing forestry slash at harvest and new requirements around management of wilding trees.
How the changes will be implemented
The Ministry for the Environment and councils will work together to implement the changes, while Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is developing risk assessment and management tools for landowners and councils.
Consultation held in 2022 on proposed changes
The Government consulted on options and proposals to amend the national environmental standards for plantation forestry to better manage the environmental effects of plantation forestry. The consultation was held from 6 October to 18 November 2022.
The need for change was also highlighted following recommendations from the Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use in the Tairāwhiti and Wairoa districts released in May this year.