About the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

This page provides information on the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry which will come into effect on 1 May 2018. 

About the NES-PF

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) have two objectives:

  • to maintain or improve the environmental outcomes associated with plantation forestry activities nationally
  • to increase certainty and efficiency in the management of plantation forestry activities.

The Government first proposed a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry in 2010 as regulations under the RMA. We consulted on a proposal in 2010 and a revised proposal in 2011. Feedback from submissions indicated that further development of the proposal was needed.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has led this work since 2013 and sought views on the proposed NES-PF between June and August 2015. The Government decided to proceed with the NES-PF with a number of changes. An exposure draft of the regulations was reviewed in February 2017 by a small group of technical experts from councils, industry and environmental non-government organisations to provide feedback on the clarity and workability of the regulations.

A further consultation on the use of a new RMA provision to allow councils to charge for monitoring permitted activities under the proposed NES-PF was carried out in May-June 2017. The Government has agreed to use this provision in the NES-PF to enable cost recovery for monitoring of specific activities (harvesting, earthworks, forestry, quarrying and river crossings).

Find out more

To find out more see National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry [Ministry for Primary Industries website].

Read the Ministers' media release