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This page explains which services are forestry adviser services, and helps you work out if you need to register as a forestry adviser.
Information on this page is also available in a document you can download.
Guidance: What is a forestry adviser? [PDF, 382 KB]
If you meet the criteria of a forestry adviser, you must be registered by 6 August 2023.
What is a forestry adviser?
People who provide forestry adviser services are forestry advisers.
The meaning of forestry adviser service is outlined in the Forests Registration of Log Traders and Forest Advisers) Amendment Act 2020:
A forestry adviser is a person or a sole trader. They may work for:
- a company
- a trust
- a government agency (national or local), or
- another organisation.
It is the individual’s responsibility to make sure they are registered as a forestry adviser.
When does a person provide a forestry adviser service?
Under the Forests Act 1949, a forestry adviser is someone who provides any of these forestry adviser services to a client for reward:
- Acts on behalf of another person to buy or sell timber or other forest produce.
- Makes inspections or preparing reports in connection with another forestry adviser service.
- Provides advice relating to:
- establishment, management, or protection of a forest
- management or protection of forest land, including future forest land
- appraisal, harvesting, selling, or use of timber or other forest produce
- appraisal of a forest, forest land, or other forestry sector assets
- applying the emissions trading scheme (ETS) to forestry activities
- the beneficial effects of forests.