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.

Updated March 27, 2024 at 2:43 PM

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