Forest Practice Guides launched
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.