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Newsletter 104, November 2017

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Farm Forestry Members Newsletter

   Newsletter 104, November 2017
In this issue

National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forests



Neil Cullen
-North Otago
-Mid Otago
-South Otago
-Sthn High Country (south)

Immediate Past President & Newsletter editor
Dean Satchell
-Far North
-Mid North

National Office
Phone: 04 4720432

Angus Gordon
-Taupo & Districts
-Middle Districts
-Hawkes Bay
-Gisborne East Coast

Michael Orchard
-West Coast

Hamish Levack

Patrick Milne
-North Canterbury
-Central Canterbury
-South Canterbury

Peter Berg
-Lower North
-Bay of Plenty

Don Wallace
-At large



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For more information on these events, they are posted on the NZFFA website >>
Branch secretaries, please make sure you notify head office of any branch or action group events.

  • South Otago branch event  Mark and Marjorie Hay's Glenayr Farm Winners of the 2017 Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of The Year When: 17 November 2017, 1.30 pm Where: 560 Athenaeum Rd. Sign posted from SH8 at…
  • Taranaki branch field day  DATE: Sunday 19th November HOSTS: Cees and Kathryn Bevers, Sustain Forests Ltd. WHERE: 1772 Waitaanga Road, Ohura. MEET: Meet in the car-park opposite the corner of Devon Road (SH3) and…
  • Central Canterbury branch field day  The Point Station, Rakaia Gorge When: Sunday, November 19th Meet at 10am on Sunday, November 19, outside the Windwhistle Garage at the junction of Windwhistle Road and State Highway 72.…
  • Middle Districts branch field day  Farm Forestry A Great Earner in the Hills. Date: Tuesday 21st November Time: 10.30 a.m. start to mid-afternoon. Venue: The Leary property, 832 Mangahoe Road. The property is on the…
  • Lower North branch event  When: Saturday 25th  of November Where: Charlie Uhrle and Christine Davis’ forest near Helensville. This is our pre-christmas event and a good time to start the wind-down – Don’t miss it!…
  • Mid North branch field day  END OF YEAR PICNIC - PAERATA FOREST – 10 AM – Sunday 26th of November Paerata Forest Farms is a forest of 580ha developed by 58 investors in 1994 and…
  • ForestWood 2018 Conference  When: Wednesday 21 March 2018 Where: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Website: ForestWood 2018 is the 5th in the conference series, jointly hosted by Forest Owners…
  • Nelson conference 6 - 9 May 2018  Tahuna Conference Centre, 70 Beach Road, Tahunanui, Nelson. Registration form available here... 


  • An export log market for "alternative" species? Dean Satchell's blog, November, 2017.  I had a call a few days back from a guy in Australia looking to source eucalypt logs. On further enquiry, he told me that he represented a big manufacturer…

NZFFA members can set up their own blogs on the NZFFA website. Email Dean.

Reports (Members Area)



National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forests

The Resource Management Act has always had the provision to create National Environmental Standards in situations where there were very standardised processes of land management with predictable environmental consequences. It was envisaged that regulation could be made more efficient through the imposition of one national set of rules rather than different sets of rules in every council district and region.

An NES for plantation forests was one such situation and after a process involving several years the NESPF has passed into law.

The Rules of the NES will come into force on 1st May 2018.

Up until that date there is to be an implementation and transitional period during which industry practitioners and Council planners and compliance staff can get organised to manage this new set of rules.

The NESPF has set about defining the rules that govern forestry under the RMA based on clearly defined risk. As a result, most of the rules under the NES are driven by an underlying assessment of risk related to land stability. This assessment has been formulated into a national map-based classification called the Erosion Susceptibility Classification (ESC).

There are four susceptibility classes, namely:

  1. low – green zone
  2. moderate – yellow zone
  3. high – orange zone
  4. very high – red zone.

Under the NES the rules get increasingly strict as operations progress onto higher risk zones. In many cases, the rules are less stringent than before in lower risk landscapes and very similar to current rules in high risk - orange zone landscapes.

However, in red zone terrain, the rules are tighter than anywhere previously in recognition of the fact that the industry in general is facing difficulties in these types of areas. These rules restrict planting in such areas unless great care is taken in planning the proposed afforestation, especially where it is to be in species and under management regimes that imply clear-fell harvesting.

The important message is that forest and landowners with forestry operations being conducted on their land will be required to ensure that those implementing operations are conversant with the NES and that they comply with the NES.

Kit Richards
Environmental manager
PF Olsen Ltd

From PF Olsen Wood Matters - Issue 102, October 2017



Disclaimer: Personal views expressed in this newsletter are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of the NZ Farm Forestry Association.



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