June 2014
This Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared by the Department of Conservation to provide an analysis of options for the management of timber harvest from South Island West Coast forests on public conservation land recently affected by cyclonic winds (Cyclone Ita).


An analysis of options for the management of timber harvest is provided in this Regulatory Impact Statement.  

A recent cyclone (in mid-April 2014) has caused significant windfall on the West Coast. The Minister of Conservation wishes to allow some timber recovery from some categories of protected area, with the income used for conservation purposes. He also wishes to use the event as an opportunity to research the ecological effect of timber recovery, to allow the potential for harvest in future to be better assessed. 

The Minister has proposed new legislation to overcome some limitations in the existing legislation.


Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House Head Office
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6140

Related link

Recovery of West Coast windfall timber

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