Environmental Policy Statement

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 2000 is outlined in the table on page 11.

Environmental Consultation
Timberlands has initiated 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. Timberlands also has regular three monthly environmental meetings with its contractors. The aim of these meetings is to enable informed dialogue among interested stakeholders on environmental issues of relevance to Timberlands.

Environmental Training
The increasing number of contractors now achieving New Zealand Qualifications Authority environmental modules has meant 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.

Objectives and Targets
1. To Carry out all forest management on a sustainable basis
Implement sustainable indigenous management as outlined in sutainable management plans
Restricted now to South Westland rimu forests by Government directive
Further development of new indigenous sustainable management plans
No longer applicable due to Government directive
Exotic sustainable management plans will be completed for all exotic forests by 31 March 2001
The first stage of the plantation manual has been completed
2. To prevent pollution and minimise any negative impacts of forestry operations on the environment
Maintain ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
Maintained, with two external audits
Achieve FSC Certification
Pre-assessment completed June 1999. Final assessment scheduled for mid 2000
Review all environmental aspects by September 1999
Reviewed as planned
Ensure all significant environmental aspects have associated Operational Standards
The environmental aspect for roading operations has been updated
Progress towards a target of no major accidental environmental incidents breaching standard operating procedure
35 incidents of which 3 breached standard operating procedures
3. To annually review, monitor, update and communicate the company’s environmental policies, objectives and targets
Publish the company’s environmental policies, objectives and targets in the Annual Report
1999/2000 Annual Report
Monitor progress towards the environmental objectives and targets and outline performance in the Annual Report
Quarterly reviews and 1999/2000 Annual Report
4. To carry out environmental training for staff and contractors
Maintain an environmental training program for staff and contractors
95 percent of staff and contractors have undergon training
Number of staff and contractors with NZQA environmental units
5. To carry out continuous improvement of environmental systems and operational techniques
Implement the results of external and internal audits within six months of these occurring
All actioned within required timeframes
6. To implement the consultation protocols in the environmental manual
All effected parties consulted before the commencement of any forest operation
Consultation undertaken as planned No complaints have been received from neighbours about lack of consultation
7. To protect the forest against fire, diseases and pests
Carry out annual forest health surveys
Undertaken in December 1999
Maintain and implement the annual fire plan
Actioned over fire season
Finalise the development of pest management strategies and implement pest control programs
Discussions underway with other pest control agencies
8. To identify and protect significant species, habitats and areas
Develop and implement significant rare, threatened and endangered species, habitats and area management programs in cooperation with other agencies
Member of West Coast significant natural areas project
Number of environmental incidents related to significant species, habitats and areas
Percentage of staff and contractors trained in identifying significant species, habitats and areas
80 percent
9. To promote education and recreational access
Implement the company’s recreational plan
Encourage school liason and visits – hold school “Forest Week” and provide other educational opportunities where practicable
“Forest Week” held 2 – 6 August 1999. 15 other school visits