Plantation forestry has become one of Aotearoa's largest natural resource industries.
Plantation forests of Radiata pine and Douglas fir species make up approximately 25% of all Aotearoa’s forested land. All other forest consists predominantly of native beech and podocarp species (e.g., rimu, tōtara, beech), but less than 2% of these species are used for timber production.
At present, large areas of pasture land is being converted to plantation forests. Often these areas are steep and prone to erosion. Reforestation of vulnerable eroded areas can significantly improve water quality downstream of a replanted area. However, removal of mature forests can have significant impacts on water quality and mahinga kai.
A forestry activity that significantly impacts the environment requires a Resource Consent. For example, earthworks around waterways, the construction of access tracks (roading), disturbance of water ways (especially when building permanent crossings), use of chemicals, and removal of native vegetation will likely require consents.
Kaitiaki Tools will help you identify activities and environmental impacts specifically related to forestry activities.