For­est Prac­tice Guides launched

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

THE FOR­EST OWN­ERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION HAS LAUNCHED A SE­RIES OF 28 For­est Prac­tice Guides that will help bet­ter man­ager frag­ile for­est en­vi­ron­ments.

A joint ven­ture be­tween the for­est sec­tor and MPI, they were ini­ti­ated as part of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dards for Plan­ta­tion Forestry (NES-PF).

The NES-PF – a set of na­tion­ally ap­plied rules and con­di­tions for plan­ta­tion forestry was de­vel­oped to bet­ter pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment while also in­creas­ing oper­a­tional cer­tainty for foresters.

The new For­est Prac­tice Guides will help in­dus­try and coun­cils by pro­vid­ing stan­dard prac­tice guid­ance to in­clude in man­age­ment plans as part of re­quire­ments un­der the NES-PF. The guides will be es­pe­cially use­ful for smaller com­pa­nies with less spe­cial­ist in-house ex­per­tise be­cause the in­for­ma­tion is stan­dard­ised to en­able the for­est in­dus­try to meet the NES-PF rules and con­di­tions.

FOA Pres­i­dent, Peter Weir, says the guides will help con­trac­tors and for­est man­agers im­ple­ment best prac­tice across all re­gions by pro­vid­ing clear di­rec­tion on best prac­tice, and to be in­serted into har­vest plans so the re­sources are stan­dard­ised and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.”

“They’re freely avail­able and will di­rect for­est own­ers and man­agers to other re­sources and tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” he says.

The Guides of­fer for­est own­ers and man­agers guid­ance in a num­ber of ar­eas of for­est op­er­a­tions:

• Earth­works and con­struc­tion (in­clud­ing plan­ning and de­sign)

• Ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol mea­sures

• Con­struc­tion of river/stream cross­ings

• Con­struc­tion of tracks

• Veg­e­ta­tion mea­sures to man­age ero­sion

• Slash man­age­ment.

The Guides build on ear­lier work com­pleted by FOA and up­date it with ref­er­ence to the new reg­u­la­tions and to re­flect the chang­ing and im­prov­ing prac­tices of for­est op­er­a­tions.

The Guides them­selves are not reg­u­la­tory but can be used as ref­er­ences in man­age­ment plans to sup­port com­pli­ance obli­ga­tions un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act.

They were de­vel­oped from con­tent pro­vided by for­est man­agers who have on-the-ground prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in what works and what is con­sid­ered best prac­tice in the in­dus­try na­tion­ally and will be up­dated reg­u­larly as prac­tices change and im­prove.

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