What are the Environmental Impacts of YOUR Actions?

It is the responsibility of all persons entering forests to consider the environmental impacts of their actions.

NZ Environmental Foresty Code of Practice

Timberlands Limited Environmental Best Practices

Forestry Operations

Land Prep Operations

Earthworks & Roading Operations

Aerial Operations

Harvesting Operations

Stumping Operations

Forest Certification

TIMBERLANDS Limited (FSC-C004143) has committed, and is certified, to the Forest Stewardship Council®
(FSC®) Principals and Criteria which independently verify our forests are well managed.  See  FSC certificate (SCS-FM/COC-00059P).  A summary of TIMBERLANDS Limited FSC certification detail and links to audit reports can be found here.

TIMBERLANDS Limited is also certified to the New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS 4708:2014), which is endorsed by the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  See PEFC certificate (SCS-NZS-002). The New Zealand Standard for Sustainable Forest Management information can be found here. TIMBERLANDS Limited's latest audit report can be found  here.

Summary Management Plan

A component of our certification is to provide a public summary of our management plan, and to engage with stakeholders who are affected or interested in our activities.  An updated version of the TIMBERLANDS Summary Management Plan will be uploaded to this site in the near future.  As part of our commitment to public engagement we welcome feedback on this plan and our activities.  For feedback or further information please feel free to contact us.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

FSC is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. To obtain FSC certification forest managers must meet, and be independently audited to, the FSC Principles and Criteria, which verifies that the forests are manage in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable manner.  See FSC International for further information.  FSC also has a presence in Australasia through an office in Melbourne, Australia.  The Australasian office assists with FSC matters in New Zealand and employs an Auckland based Business Development Consultant.  See FSC NZ for further information.

In New Zealand, the FSC Principles and Criteria are expressed through the National Standard for Certification of Plantation Forest Management in New Zealand (FSC-STD-NZL-01-2012 New Zealand Plantations EN).  These are the standards that TIMBERLANDS Limited must meet to maintain FSC certification.  If you have any questions relating to our certification or believe we are not meeting our FSC commitments, please contact us.

TIMBERLANDS Limited is a member of FSC and actively engages in governance, including the TIMBERLANDS Limited Forest Risk Manager participating in FSC General Assemblies, chairing the NZ FSC Standard Development Group and representing the Northern Economic membership on the FSC Pesticides Policy Working Group.

Responsible Wood NZ Standard: Sustainable Forest Management (NZS AS 4708:2014) / Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

PEFC is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable and responsible forest management.  See PEFC for further information. 

Rare Species

Plantation forests provide habitat for many rare species.  A number of endangered or threatened species either live, feed or pass through TL managed forests.  These include kokako, kaka, long-tailed bats, fernbirds, falcon and whitehead.  TIMBERLANDS Limited follows best practices to protect and ensure the viability of these species and in particular use the NZFOA threatened species website to guide our approach.

Wingspan & Falcon

Raptors (falcon, morepork and harrier hawks) frequent our plantation forests.  TIMBERLANDS Limited and Kaingaroa Timberlands have a special relationship with the endangered, notably the falcon, which appears in the Kaingaroa Timberlands logo.  NZ falcon are found at their highest densities of anywhere in New Zealand, in the Kaingaroa Forest.  This is because they favour the large clear areas created by harvesting, the multiple and well spread ages of the forest, and the relatively pest free environment.  

TIMBERLANDS Limited works closely with Wingspan to manage falcon in our forests.  In particular around nesting, jointly developed best practices are applied for operations near nesting falcon where TIMBERLANDS Limited support Wingspan to monitor and care for the birds until they fledge.  Kaingaroa Timberlands have been a long term sponsor of Wingspan’s NZ Birds of Prey Centre and their field monitoring activities.  KT have also sponsored two PhD as well as several post graduate studies on falcon behaviour and habitat in the Kaingaroa forest.  The results have been implemented into falcon management practices. See Wingspan for more information.

Healthy Forests Teaching Kit

Timberlands is proud to partner with Wingspan and Kleenex Tissues on the Healthy Forests program with schools.

KLEENEX® Tissues are leading a new education initiative. Debbie Stewart of Wingspan explains: “It stems from their commitment to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification and also to doing what’s right.” Join the ranks of New Zealand’s Wingspan Warriors this Conservation Week. See the Wingspan Warriors story on TVNZ news.

Free teaching resources can be found at www.sneezesafe.co.nz.

More Trees Planted will Boost NZ Falcons Chances of Survival - 20 November 17

Kaingaroa makes the  News! Click here to view the 2016 mini-documentary of children visiting Wingspan as part of the Healthy Forests programme last week.


The Kaingaroa Timberlands estate contains easements that provide public access across other land areas such as DoC Forest Parks and the Rangitaiki River.  While people can travel on these easements without acquiring a permit, they must abide by the conditions and TIMBERLANDS' risk management measures:

  • The purpose of the easements is to provide access to other land – no stopping on the easements is permitted
  • No access during hours of darkness
  • No Hunting without a valid permit
  • Easements may be closed for risk reasons (i.e. fire danger, safety).  Please respect any closures, which will be notified by forest signage
  • NZ Road Code rules apply
  • Non-compliance may result in trespass or legal action

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