Nelson Management Ltd has a harvest planning process that involves a lot of preparation and thought and includes consultation with neighbours who are close to forestry blocks that are due to be logged. Here is the process that takes place prior to harvesting:*

Five years prior to harvesting:

The area that is to be harvested goes into the five-year plan. Areas are identified and the terrain is assessed and sorted (classed) according to slope and equipment type, and then costed for the five-year budget.

Three years prior to harvesting:

Access into areas is assessed and rearranged if necessary, i.e. if constraints are found. Large areas are further defined into smaller harvest units according to the type of logging system to be used. These areas are given a Harvest Unit (a unique logging identifier in GIS, Cengea).

18 months to one year prior to harvesting:

The area to be harvested is placed into the Scheduler. The harvest planner checks if the area is okay, whether there are any seasonal harvesting constraints and identifies any time constraints that may apply e.g. traffic management constraints around Christmas holidays.

9 months prior to harvesting:

The planner verifies the area to be harvested on the ground, Harvest units are divided into settings.  The planner works through any local authority, resource consent, and historic place requirements and liaises with neighbours.

7 months prior to harvesting:

The road formation plan is finalised so that roading/infrastructure works can start.

6 months prior to harvesting:

Road line salvage begins followed by engineering works. The area is left to consolidate (or weather) so clearfell crew can work on hardened infrastructure. The final harvesting plan is completed.

Harvesting takes place:

The clearfell crew moves in and harvests the planned area. During harvesting, audits are made to ensure that safety, environmental standards and quality are maintained.


The area is audited and checked to ensure that conditions of the consent are met and any remedial work is identified. A remedial prescription that identifies any remedial work that is needed is drawn up. Remedial work is signed off once it has been completed. The area is handed over for re-establishment and new plantings.

*The cut plan can be changed as a result of factors including a major windthrow or snow event or market conditions.

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