Newsletter 128, December 2020
New Zealand Farm Forestry Association
|Newsletter 128, December 2020|
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Kia ora NZFFA members.
Te Uru Rākau are making a new online resource aimed at providing easy to read information on the forestry sector that supports the planning of Forest projects. We are working with the Forestry Sector to make this useful and tailored to your needs.
Thank you to those that participated in our survey back in May, it helped us understand how people would find information on the new website. We are now ready to build the website.
We are looking for volunteers to help us make sure this website looks, feels, and reads well for our customers. Over the next few months we are asking people to test the website and give us feedback. You don’t need to be tech savvy, just an interest in accessing useful information.
How will we do this?
We will set up a convenient time with you to show you the website (over zoom or face to face) and seek your feedback. You will only need to do this once. There are 4 sessions over the next 4 months – so the more volunteers the better!
If you are happy for us to contact you please drop me a line at Kirstie.firstname.lastname@example.org. My team and I will answer any questions you may have and then provide your contact details to our design agency to set up a convenient time.
We very much appreciate your time and involvement to get this right.
Kirstie Lester| Senior Programme Manager
Plantation foresters will need permission or consent for activities in any new areas covered by the updated Fish Spawning Indicator
The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) use the Fish Spawning Indicator (FSI) to determine where and when fish that are sensitive to disturbance are spawning. The information in the FSI clearly sets out when a forestry activity that potentially impacts on fish spawning is permitted, and when it will need a consent.
The FSI will be updated on 24 November 2020 through a notice in the New Zealand Gazette and will come into force on 22 December 2020. This planned update will incorporate new fish presence data, which will improve the accuracy and increase the area covered by the FSI.
Changes that will be included in the FSI update
Effects of FSI update
Where an additional stretch of river or stream is identified as having protected fish present and spawning, a forester wishing to carry out an activity has the following options
Effects of FSI update
Where an additional stretch of river or stream is identified as having protected fish present and spawning, a forester wishing to carry out an activity has the following options:
Timing of update to FSI
The FSI on the MPI website will be changed to reflect the update. The update will be available from 24 November 2020, and will come into legal force on 22 December 2020. This will give users of the NES-PF and FSI time to update their processes and practices before the update comes into force.
Next steps – what do you need to do?
Forestry activities that potentially have an impact on fish spawning times must use the updated FSI to comply with the NES-PF.
From 22 December, foresters will need to apply the updated FSI to their activities.
Foresters will need to ensure their activities comply with permitted activity conditions or seek resource consent if they cannot meet the conditions for a permitted activity.
If you are in any doubt please contact your regional council for advice, or you may wish to seek independent legal advice.
The annual conference (13th - 15th October 2020) was held virtually. Statistics indicate that we had well over 160 people join the webinar, which proved informative and enjoyable.