Submission: The Permanent Forest Sink Initiative

NZIF question the merit of the PFSI scheme as an effective means of addressing the more than 1 million hectares of marginal pasture land which would benefit from a permanent forest cover.

9:46 AM, 14 August 2015

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1:56 PM, 24 July 2015

NES PF Submission

NZIF supports the development and adoption of the Proposed NES for forestry. Plantation forestry offers significant economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand.

1:19 PM, 11 August 2015

New Zealand Journal of Forestry Volume 60 Number 2, August 2015

The harvesting and re-establishment of plantations on steep country with fragile soil is a significant challenge. There are productivity, safety, environmental and social issues with current systems. There is a period of vulnerability to severe storm events between when the existing tree roots have died and before the newly established crop forms a continuous root mass. When erosion and debris-flow occur, they attract public attention and the sector’s “licence to operate” is threatened. The theme of this issue is the concept of inter-rotation planning, where decisions about logging and re-establishment are integrated, made prior to short-term harvest-planning.

Scion and Landcare collaborate with the lead article that discusses “what we know and need to know”. There are five more papers on: reducing the risk of landslides and debris flow; the role of roots in erosion control; nutrient supply to sustain volume growth; managing streams in the forest; and site level Erosion Susceptibility Classification. The Last Word warns that failure to improve current logging practice could result in restrictions imposed as a result of public pressure.

1:38 PM, 18 June 2015