Thanks to the response from government departments, the industry-initiated ‘National Environmental Standard for Forestry’ has now been completed and will come into effect from May 1, 2018. But there are some important considerations for forestry contractors:
- Before this date, you will need to know that your forest manager doesn’t miss something that stops your crews from going to work.
- Under some of the tighter new NES rules, any gaps in harvest planning by your forest manager could be business-destroying for you if you can’t mobilise your crews and machines as planned.
- Teething problems in putting this policy into practice at regional councils may well cause you losses even though the forest manager needs to fix them.
- From the start of the year, prudent contractor principals would be well-advised to be on top of their forest managers in order to save your own bacon.
For more information on the NES-PF, visit www.mpi.govt.nz