Nelson Forests and science together demonstrate environmental stewardship

01 Sep 18

Environmental Management System (EMS) training for Fraser Mechanical Logging. Pictured from left to right are Craig Mant, Doug Cooper, Jason Hollyman, Mike Green, Stu Jarry, Sam Cullen and Kevin Williams

With their recent big tick from the Forestry Stewardship Council’s® (FSC®) annual independent Environmental Management audit, Nelson Forests are showing they walk their talk when it comes to continuous improvement in environmental stewardship.

Nelson Management (NML), who manage Nelson Forests, are FSC® certified, which provides an assurance that their forests are well-managed, to ensure environmental, social and economic benefit.

NML Planner Heather Arnold explains the new EMS harvesting standards.

The company’s own Environmental Management System forms one of the key foundations in its FDC® certification.

NML planner, Heather Arnold, whose primary role has focused on the Company’s environmental footprint for the past 14 years, was delighted with the FSC’s ® latest audit report.

“Our Environmental Management System was acknowledged as a ‘strength’.  That particular word choice might not seem a biggie to those outside the industry, but it is,” she explains.

“The FSC’s® role is to search out problems and identify issues.  Rarely do they formally recognise great practice.  it really is an unexpected and humbling exception”.

Landing site in Moutere Gravels. Harvesting slash is captured in the purpose-built slash bench and pulled back onto the landing post-harvest.

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In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori communities have a strong spiritual connection between people and the land – the wellbeing of one sustains the wellbeing of the other. We strive to build meaningful relationships with iwi as tangata whenua (people of the land/region), to be responsible intergenerational kaitiaki (stewards/guardians) of the land where our forests grow.