Environmental Policy and Objectives

Our Commitment to the Environment

Timberlands works with and respects nature. Sustainable management is Timberlands’ central theme and focus, with a strict commitment and adherence to:

  • Ensuring healthy forests forever
  • National and international statutory requirements
  • Environmental guidelines using best forestry practices and industry codes of practice
  • International Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001
  • Achievement of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)principles.

The Environmental Policy together with the associated environmental targets and objectives have been monitored and reviewed quarterly. Performance to the year ended March 2001 is outlined in the table.

Major Achievements

Timberlands maintained its ISO 14001 certification with no adverse issues raised by the auditor.An international FSC certification main assessment was undertaken.Certification by the FSC for good management practices has internationally recognised consumer and market recognition.

Environmental Consultation

Timberlands continued the three-monthly environmental consultative meetings with a number of stakeholders including District and Regional Council staff,Department of Conservation,Fish and Game Council, Maori,mining,farming,and forestry interests.This forum will now transform into a wider regional resource management forum under the stewardship of the West Coast Regional Council.Timberlands environmental meetings with staff and contractors also continued. A major round of consultation was initiated for the FSC assessment with a wide range of stakeholders nationally and in the community.

Environmental Training

The number of contractors achieving New Zealand Qualifications Authority environmental modules has increased and means that first- level responsibility for environmental monitoring has been able to be undertaken at the contractor level.The role of Timberlands’ supervisors is to undertake monitoring and audit functions.

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Objectives and Targets Results
1. Carry out all forest management on a sustainable basis
No breaches of sustainable management plans No breaches occurred
End the Buller podocarp overcut by December 2000 Overcut ceased in October 2000
Complete the exotic plantation manual * Manual completed and issued
2. Prevent pollution and minimise any negative impacts of forestry operations on the environment
Reduce Corrective Action Requests (CARs)under ISO 14001 to zero. Two minor CARs were both closed out in November,no current CARs
Achieve Forest Stewardship Council certification Certification was not completed
Reduce the environmental incidents under Timberlands environmental incident process to zero One only occurred,an improvement from three in the previous year
3. Annually review, monitor, update, and communicate Timberlands environmental policies, objectives and targets
Publish Timberlands’ environmental policies, objectives, targets and performance in the Annual Report 2001 Annual Report
Review progress towards targets on a six-monthly basis Management reviews were carried out
4. Carry out environmental training for staff and contractors
Ensure that 80 percent of contractors have relevant environmental permanent NZQA qualifications This threshold was exceeded
Ensure that all Timberlands staff have training in the Environmental Management System (EMS)Manual This was confined to operational staff
5. Carry out continuous improvement of the EMS and operational techniques
Implement the results of external and internal audits within agreed timetables The results of audits were actioned within required time frames
Review and update the EMS on at least an annual basis Annual review was completed in June 2000
6. Implement the consultation protocols in the EMS
Set up a system to record the level of consultation per relevant operation. This was implemented
7. Protect the forest asset against fire, pest and diseases
Carry out forest health surveys at least annually Completed in December 2000
Produce the annual fire plan by November Actioned prior to fire season commencing in November
Any unintentional fires destroy less than 1 hectare of Timberlands forested estate There were no unintentional fires that destroyed an area greater than 1 hectare
Set up a system to determine the effectiveness of pest animal control operations Monitoring programme has been developed and is being implemented
8. Identify and protect significant species, habitats and areas
Eighty percent of the exotic estate is mapped into exotic and indigenous components The complete exotic estate has been mapped and forest type identified
Participate in the West Coast significant natural area project No longer relevant following changes to Government policy on indigenous forest management
9. Promote educational and recreational access
Host four educational visits Timberlands achieved this with both local and other South Island school visits and a university visit
To set up a system to record the number of recreational users of the forest This was implemented by developing a database