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Forestry advocacy within the RMA regulatory framework

Authors: Chris Fowler, Georgina Thomas
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2015, Issue N.Z.J.For. 60(3) 2015, pp 17-19, Nov 2015
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: The primary objective of a forestry advocate in the Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA) context is to secure a licence to operate for foresters so that they can undertake routine activities without needing resource consents. Achieving this objective is often far from straightforward. Foresters are frequently involved in RMA hearings on district and regional plans, trying to put in place a more workable planning framework that will allow day-to-day forestry activities. In this article we discuss how a forestry advocate can best respond to the ever-changing RMA regulatory environment. We revisit the problems encountered by the forestry sector in this area, and discuss available solutions including examples from some recent cases. We also comment on the proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (the proposed Forestry NES) and the Forestry Policy Project (the Forestry Policy), and consider whether they will help foresters establish a licence to operate.