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National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) May 2018

We explain the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF).

National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) May 2018

The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) came into force on 1 May 2018.  This new standard prevails over any plan rules that duplicate or conflict from this date. 

Under the RMA (Resource Management Act - section 44a) the Regional Council must identify where the plan rules duplicate or conflict with the NES-PF and remove the duplication or conflict from the plan.  This must happen as soon as practical after 1 May 2018.  Councils can make these amendments to plans without public notification, submissions or consultation. 

Until the plan alignment is fully completed, you can also go to the MPI website, with guidance for people in the Forestry Industry and councils alike.

MPI website

To interpret your obligations under the NES-PF, you will need to access from MPI's website:

You can also find the legislation here

If you have any questions about whether the new NES-PF regulations apply to your forestry activities, please get in touch with the Consents Advisor on 06 833 8090.

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