Options for private forest owners
Owners of indigenous forests on private land have several options if they wish to harvest and mill their trees:
- sustainable forest management (SFM) plans
- sustainable forest management (SFM) permits
- personal use approvals for the harvesting and milling of indigenous timber.
SFM permits can be applied to forests of any size but are best suited to small forests that may not justify the resources required to prepare a full SFM plan.
The milling of indigenous timber can also be authorised through milling statements issued under specific circumstances. Statements must verify the timber as having originated from a recognised source.
A recognised source may include:
- naturally dead or wind-thrown trees
- salvaged timber
- timber removed for the construction of an access way
- timber from specified Māori land.