The New Zealand forest industry is based on highly productive sustainable plantations comprised predominantly of Pinus radiata and Douglas-fir managed on sawlog regimes. The well-established plantation industry comprises over 1.7 million hectares, of which the management of over 1 million hectares is FSC certified, and makes up more than 99% of New Zealand’s total forest production by volume. The preference for plantation over natural forestry production is the result of deliberate social policy that allows most natural forests to be preserved for biodiversity and recreational purposes. Plantation forestry is a significant contributor to New Zealand’s economy representing 3% of GDP with export earnings of over $5NZ billion per year and employing (in forestry and first stage harvesting) over 20,000 people.
What is Forest Management?
Forest management certification involves an inspection of the forest management unit by an independent FSC-accredited certification body to check that the forest complies with the internationally-agreed FSC 10 Principles of Responsible Forest Management. If the forest complies with FSC standards, then the FSC accredited certification body issues a certificate for the operation.
Who conducts the FSC Forest Management certification audit?
FSC does not undertake certifications itself. You need to contact one (or more) of the accredited certification bodies listed to begin the FSC certification process.
Click here for a list of FSC accredited certification bodies operating in New Zealand.