About the activity guidance
For each forestry activity, MPI has information on relevant NES-PF regulations, including:
- the activity definition – what is and isn't covered by the NES-PF
- conditions you must meet for that activity to be permitted
- how to determine when the activity requires resource consent.
The forestry activities
This guidance is for planting and growing plantation forestry trees on land that:
- doesn't have plantation forestry, or
- hasn't had plantation forestry harvested in the last 5 years.
Pruning and thinning-to-waste
Guidance for selective felling of plantation forest trees within a stand where the felled trees remain on site.
Guidance for disturbance of the surface of the land in relation to plantation forestry, including:
- building forestry roads, tracks, landings and river crossing approaches
- cut and fill operations
- maintenance and upgrade of existing earthworks
- forestry road widening and realignment.
Guidance for construction, installation, maintenance and removal of river crossings for operation of a plantation forest, allowing vehicles or machinery to cross over water.
Guidance for extracting rock, sand, or gravel for forestry roads and other infrastructure, either within a plantation forest or on adjacent land.
- felling trees
- removing trees
- thinning tree stems and removing them for sale or use (production thinning)
- processing trees into logs, or loading logs onto trucks for processing.
Mechanical land preparation
Guidance for use of machinery to prepare land for replanting trees.
Guidance for planting and growing plantation forestry trees on land less than 5 years after plantation forestry harvesting.
For guidance on planting trees on land more than 5 years after harvesting, see:
There are 3 types of ancillary activities – that may occur at any stage during the lifecycle of a plantation forest – regulated under the NES-PF.
Slash trap activities – activities involving structures set in a river or on land to trap slash (woody debris) moved by water.
Indigenous vegetation clearance – clearance of vegetation that mostly occurs naturally or arrived naturally in New Zealand.
Non-indigenous vegetation clearance – clearance of all other vegetation that:
- doesn't meet the NES-PF definition of indigenous vegetation
- is not a plantation forest tree.
Guidance covering the general provisions of the NES-PF that manage possible effects of plantation forestry activity, including:
- discharges, disturbances, and diversions
- noise and vibration
- indigenous bird nesting
- fuel storage and refuelling.