11 Oct 2010

National standard planned for planting and managing forests

8:31 am on 11 October 2010

The Forest Owners Association says a proposed national standard for the planting and managing of forests will bring some consistency to future plantings.

The Ministry for the Environment is proposing a national environmental standard for plantation forestry which would be implemented by the 89 regional, city and district councils.

Forest Owners Association's environment committee chair Peter Weir says the national rules will stop confusion between the different authorities, and reduce the need for environment court hearings.

He says the proposed standard also puts the onus on foresters to self-audit their work.

Submissions on the proposed standard close next week.