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.