New Member Joins PF Olsen FSC Group Scheme

After several months of preparations, planning and consultation, PF Olsen was pleased to be able to add six new forests from the Nelson area to PF Olsen Ltd's FSC Group Scheme. The forests are all part of the Tasman District Council (TDC) forest estate.

With large volumes of FSC-certified logs available in the region from other suppliers and large local processors seeking FSC wood, obtaining FSC certification was seen as important to ensure those market options remained available for the TDC's wood.

Environment Manager Kit Richards says the TDC estate represents a quite complex estate that encompasses many of the ideals of the certification concept. Not only are the forests commercially managed plantations but two have very high public recreational use – many holiday-makers and forest users will know and will have enjoyed spending time on Rabbit Island and Kingsland in the hills behind Richmond. Other forests serve to stabilise erodible land while embedded within these forests are remnants of locally important vegetation types that have otherwise been largely lost from the lowlands of this intensively developed rural landscape. Some of these areas are receiving substantive voluntary input toward maintaining and improving the ecological health of these areas.

Working with these groups and making provision for the attainment of environmental and community objectives alongside making commercial returns for the rate payers of the Tasman District makes this a particularly interesting addition to the FSC Group Scheme.

The TDC estate is 2,750 stocked ha, 370ha of reserves and is managed from PF Olsen's Richmond-based office.

Clusters of thriving native vegetation provide important habitat and species diversity amongst the largely Radiata pine plantings of the TDC estate – now FSC certified under PF Olsen's Group Scheme.