New Zealand has built a very successful, intensively managed
exotic forest industry. The key to its future success will be to ensure all
aspects of forestry have low impacts on both the environment and the community.
The LIRO New Zealand Forest Code of Practice is an environmental planning and
operational guideline document designed to aid that process, and has been
accepted by the forest industry and territorial authorities. It is intended to
be a dynamic set of guidelines, encompassing new information in periodic review
that, as a final goal, will lead to the sustainable management of
New Zealands planted forestry resource.
For forestry to meet all of its requirements for sustainable
management as set out in our law, the Resource Management Act, it must
avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse environmental impacts. People
managing, planning or carrying out forestry operations must have access to
information on how to achieve this goal. Presenting this information in the form
of non-prescriptive guidelines places the emphasis on correct implementation of
protection measures to protect the values at that