About the proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry

This page provides information on the proposal. 

About the proposed NES

The aim of the proposed National Environmental Standard (NES) is to reduce ‘unwarranted’ variation in the way the forestry sector is regulated under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Some local variation is necessary to adequately provide for certain local circumstances.

Nationally consistent rules to reduce compliance costs and set environmental standards for plantation forestry is a Government priority, see A way forward for national direction.

The Government first proposed a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry in 2010 as regulations under the RMA. The Ministry for the Environment 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 that work since 2013 and sought views on the proposed NES between June and August 2015. Those submissions have been analysed and the regulations have been drafted. An exposure draft of the regulations was reviewed earlier this year by a small group of technical experts from councils, industry and environmental NGOs to provide feedback on the clarity and workability of the regulations.  

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

Proposal to charge for monitoring permitted activities under the proposed NES

The Government is consulting on a proposal to include provisions for councils to charge for monitoring permitted activities under the proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry. 

For more information on the proposal and to have your say, go to the Ministry for Primary Industries consultation webpage.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 16 June 2017.

Find out more

Media release: Forestry standard part of Govt’s plan to simplify RMA [Beehive website]

Reviewed:
19/05/17