Plantation forestry is the third largest primary sector in Aotearoa. Forestry work provides social and economic benefits here in Wellington region and across the country.  

When managed well, plantation forests also provide environmental benefits like improving water quality, controlling erosion, and providing a temporary carbon sink. However, forestry activities need to be managed carefully to avoid potential environmental impacts. There are national rules in place to support this.  

We regulate forestry activities in Wellington region. Forestry operators provide us with plans showing the steps they’ll take to meet the rules when harvesting trees. 

We recognise that to people passing by, harvesting trees doesn’t look pretty. But that doesn’t mean that an operation isn’t meeting the rules.  

If you see forestry practices that you think aren’t meeting the rules – call our Environment Hotline and we’ll investigate.  

Find out more about the regulations that apply for forestry operators.

Find out about the role we play as regulator of plantation forestry activity in Wellington Region

Information for forestry operators on national regulations

Find out the history behind why we have plantation forests on Greater Wellington-owned land

Find out what slash is, and the rules operators need to follow to manage it

Updated June 23, 2023 at 12:25 PM

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