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An update on NZ’s new forestry regulations

1 June 2024

New resources now available to help councils and foresters implement new regulations under the New Zealand National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). An addendum to the NES-PF user guide provides guidance on the changes to the regulations that came into effect on 3 November 2023 as the National Environmental Standards for Commercial Forestry (NES-CF).

This guidance does not replace the existing NES-PF user guide and should be read along with that guide.

The addendum will be updated to include the remaining regulatory changes contained in the NES-CF. Once the addendum has been finalised, it will be incorporated into the NES-PF user guide and published as a new user guide document.

The NES-PF user guide and the addendum to the user guide are available on the Ministry for Primary Industries website. If you have any queries regarding guidance on the NES-CF, please send these to Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service.

Source: Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service

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