Post-1989 Registration and Emission Returns

The first three months of the year have been very busy registering post-1989 clients into the ETS. This has enabled them to submit an emissions return by the 31 March 2010. The forests we have registered have been from 24 to over 1,100 hectares and we are pleased to say it looks like most of them registered in time, but it has taken a big effort, particularly from our mapping team.

One thing the last three months has taught us is not to underestimate the time it can take for MAF to process the registration applications and the amount of liaison required with MAF once the application is submitted. This was not helped by the fact that MAF received a large number of registration applications in the first three months of this year and will not be able to process them all before the 31 March 2010 deadline. MAF actually announced on the 24 February that any applications received after this date would be unlikely to be processed in time.

We found the most time consuming part of the process is dealing with land eligibility issues. Many of our applications showed up on MAF's 1990 satellite imagery as having woody vegetation that could be forest species, therefore potentially making the area ineligible as post-1989 forest land. It could have been gorse, which isn't a forest species, but it is up to the applicant to prove that the land is eligible or revise the application area. This involves sourcing records and/or aerial photography that are at least 20 years old on land may have changed ownership (several times). This can be very time consuming.

So to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity to become registered with the maximum eligible area by the 31 March 2011, don't leave your registration application to the last few months, as:

  1. MAF could be inundated again by applications of those who leave it to the last few months. Registration applications can be made at anytime.
  2. PF Olsen and MAF are also going to be busy over the next 12 to 18 months processing pre-1990 allocation applications.
  3. We are not able to register all our clients at once and need to be working on applications throughout the year.
  4. It will allow time to sort out any land eligibility issues your application may have.

If you would like to receive a post-1989 forest registration and emission return service offering for the next round of applications, please email Colin Hercus at colin.hercus@pfolsen.com