New national forest policy proposed by industry group

Rural Exchange 15/07/2018

The annual conference for New Zealand's forestry professionals took place in Nelson this week.

At the conference, the NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF) presented Minister of Forests Shane Jones with a Forest Policy of New Zealand document.

It's proposed the introduction of a new national policy for the industry in an effort to help the government create long-term stategies for the development of forests.

NZIF president David Evison presented the document. He says New Zealand has no national forest policy, unlike many countries.

Mr Evison joined RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange to discuss the improved guidelines, and how the national policy deals with environmental degradation in forestry. 

In a statement, the group said the proposal has been in the works for four years and covers all forests, management objectives, tenure types and all species.

The policy announcement comes off the back of Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw releasing a consultation paper last month, proposing a number of improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Watch the full interview with David Evison above.

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