Environmental management of our forests

Nelson Management Limited (NML) recognises the importance of good environmental practice.  Our organisation and our people understand the environmental responsibility that comes with our business and we are committed to the sustainable management of the forest. We work hard to minimise the impact on our working environment.

In 2010 NML achieved environmental certification, which means the forests are managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards. We are required to provide an annual monitoring reports.




To read our monitoring reports click on the links below:






2018 Monitoring

NZ Forest Accord

NML is also a signatory to the NZ Forest Accord which is the foundation document that ensures the protection of significant indigenous forest.  The Accord sets the threshold for protected species and specifies what cannot be cleared. The agreement is between the major conservation groups and the forestry industry.












Coronation Forest



Coronation Forest, which is located in the Golden Downs Forest Estate, was established in 1954 to provide children in the Nelson region with a practical, educational experience. Each year since the first planting around 300 students from primary schools visit the forest over the course of a week.  During their day out they plant seedlings, take a walk in a natural forest area and visit a harvesting area.  They have access to our staff and are encouraged to discuss the environmental benefits and concerns that are part of forest management. An arboretum planted with exotic specimen trees was established in the early years. A further planting took place in 2004, the 50th anniversary of Coronation forest.  Schools involved with the arboretum have been recognised with a named plaque at the base of their tree.


Endangered species protection

NML recognises the importance of protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity and our rare, threatened and endangered species.  Approximately 10% of Nelson Forests land is set aside for indigenous reserves which are located in the Tasman and Marlborough forests.  The indigenous reserve is regularly surveyed to monitor its condition and make improvements where needed. Plantation forests are a vital part of protecting indigenous trees, plants and animals.  The New Zealand Falcon (Karearea), for example, thrives in an actively worked forest.  With approximately 3,000 birds remaining the falcon is at high risk of extinction in the wild.  Studies carried out in New Zealand forests have found that the falcon prefers forest clear-cut areas for its home.  For more information about the NZ Falcon visit www.wingspan.co.nz . Our staff and contractors are encouraged to report sightings of the falcon and other indigenous flora and fauna.  A field guide has been developed to assist with identifying the species. Download the 9 page Endangered Species document HERE


Waterways and stream health

NML undertakes to monitor the water quality and stream health in the areas where we work.  We do this using NIWA Stream Health Monitoring and Assessment (SHMAK) kits which enable us to collect consistent and valid information and assess stream health.

Carbon footprint

Increased forest planting and the preferred use of wood products is important to New Zealand in reducing greenhouse gases. Trees in New Zealand cover around a third of the land area.  They are a major contributor in reducing the effects of global warming.  For trees, carbon dioxide is a food and they continually soak up the carbon dioxide produced from our growing, energy hungry population. In 2007 Nelson Forests carbon footprint was analysed from planting to market using a carbon calculator developed for NML. The study included carbon emission profiles for log and lumber products produced by Nelson Forests, forest operations and their Kaituna Sawmill and delivered to domestic and export customers. Annual calculations were carried out again in 2008 and 2009.  The results showed consistent operational activity and a net sequestration position over this time.  Based on this information it was decided a five-yearly review would be sufficient.  That update will be completed in 2015. Nelson-forests-CO2-credentials-2 Nelson-forests-CO2-credentials-3




Environmental Improvement Committee

NML operates an Environmental Improvement Committee (EIC) to build relationships with organisations involved in the protection and maintenance of the region’s environment.  The committee provides governance for environmental management of operations, forest access to a wide stakeholder group and a forum to review regional environmental performance. Membership includes:  Department of Conservation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Marlborough District Council and Fish and Game.

Find out more

Click on the link below to read an article about NML’s environmental management that appeared in “Wild Tomato” magazine in December 2014.

Wild Tomato December 2014