The Assessment of Environmental Effects for the Timberlands West Coast sustainable beech management proposals of 1998 - 1999, written by Kit Richards. Timberlands West Coast Limited (New Zealand) (TWC) applied to the Buller and Tasman District Councils for Resource Consent hearings under the Resource Management Act 1991, to carry out sustainable forest management in about 98,000 hectares of beech (Nothofagus) forest. TWC is a State Owned Enterprise, created following the dis-establishment of the NZ Forest Service by the 1984 - 1990 Labour Government. In 1999, a newly elected Labour government, acting on preservationist dogma, moved swiftly to stop the Resource Consent hearings. In consequence, the public of New Zealand, and the world, was enied the oppertunity to learn about the excellent and world-leading sustainable forest management developed and proposed by TWC. This document is published here to help make the information more publically accessible.

Assessment of Environmental Effects


APPLICATIONS FOR RESOURCE CONSENTS

UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991


This text was transmogrified from Adobe pdf format to html in order to make the document more readily accessible. The original pdf document is available for download at the TWC website.


TIMBERLANDS WEST COAST LIMITED


Sustainable Beech Management
(Part) Grey, Maruia and Inangahua
Working Circles
Resource Consent Applications

&

Assessment of Environmental Effects

Volume 1







TIM01
August 1999




TABLE OF CONTENTS

VOLUME 1
Page
        RESOURCE CONSENT APPLICATIONS ...... ............ ............. ............ ................. ...
iv
        EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ........... ............. ............ ................. ................... ............. ...
ix
        Overview of Proposal ..................... ................ ............................... ............. .............. .......
xxi
        Sustainable Timber Yield and Growth Model .......................... ............................ ...... ........ ......
xxii
        Environmental Effects .................................... ....................... ............................. ..... ....... ........
xxiii
        Mitigation Measures .................... ............................... ...................... ................... ........ ..........
xxv
        Monitoring ...................................... .......................... ................ ............................. ....
xxvi
1. Introduction ..................... ............ ....... .................... .................................. ........... ................
1
       1.1 Overview .................. .............. ....................... ........................ ............. ........................
1
       1.2 TWCL Forest Management Mandate.................... .............. .................... ................... ....
1
       1.3 TWCL Sustainable Management Plans........ ........ .................. .......................... ................
5
       1.4 Audit Requirements...................... ............... ........... ................ ....................... .... ..........
6
               1.4.1 ISO 1400l Environmental Management System ..................... ................... ...
7
               1.4.2 The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).. ..... ....... ..... .......................... .............
7
       1.5 Objectives of Management............................. ........................ ..................... ..............
7
2. Application Area ......... ................... .......................... ..................... ........................ .............
9
       2.1 The Physical Resource ............... ............ .................... ............ ................... ..............
9
               2.1.1 Land Description ........ ............. ......... ................................. ..... .....................
9
               2.1.2 Working Circles ........ ............ ............ ......................... ...................................
9
               2.1.3 Geology and Geomorphology ........ ........ ......... ....................................... ..........
10
               2.1.4 Soils ................................................................... ....... ....... ............................
10
               2.1.5 Climate ..................... ............. .............. ......... ...... ....... ........ .......... .... ...........
11
       2.2 The Biotic Resource .......................................... ..................... ............... ................ ........
11
               2.2.1 Vegetation ........ ..... ........... .............. ........ ......... ....... ..... ..... ...... .......... .... ...
11
               2.2.2 Fauna ................... .............. ........... .......... ........... ............ ........... ............. ............
12
       2.3 The Commercial Resource ......... ............. ...................... ........................... ......... ..... ..........
17
               2.3.1 Previous Inventory ........ ........... ............. .................. ......... ...................... ...............
17
               2.3.2 Previous Logging and Catastrophic Disturbance ..... ...... ....... ........... ............. ............
18
               2.3.3 Forest Descriptions ....................... ................ ....... .............. .......... ....... ..................
19
               2.3.4 Forest Volume Composition ................... .......... ............................... .........................
20
       2.4 The Historical and Cultural Resource ...... ....... ................ ...... ..... ..... ........... ..... ...... ..........
20
               2.4.1 Forest Recreation ............ .......... ...... ....... ........ .................. .................... .....
21
3. The Sustainable Forest Management Concept ............ ............ ............ ................ ....... ...... .....
23
       3.1 Silvicultural System ....... ....... ........... ........... ............. ......... ...... ........ .......... ................
23
       3.2 The Theory of the System ........... ......... ........... ........ ............. ........ ...... ......... ...........
24
               3.2.1 Natural Forests ............ ............. ............... ................. ..... ............ ...........................
24
               3.2.2 Production Thinning of Recovery Forests ...... ..... ........ ........ .............. ........... ...........
26


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       3.3 Yield Establishment ............... ................. ................. ................. ................. ........ ................
28
               3.3.1 Yield Establishment Principles ....... .......... ........... ..... ......................... ......................
28
               3.3.2 The Forest Yield Model ......... ............ .............. . ......... ............................................
30
4. Description of the Proposal ..................................................................................................
39
       4.1 Overview ......... .............. ................ ................ .......... ........... ............. ............................
39
       4.2 Permissible Harvest ......... .......... ............ ............. .............. ............................................
39
               4.2.1 The 'Selection Harvest' ........ ......... ......... .......... ....................................................
39
               4.2.2 Salvage Harvest ........ ........... ............ ............ ............ .............................................
40
               4.2.3 Silvicultural 'Improvement Fellings' ....... .......... ................. ............ ....... ...............
40
               4.2.4 The Permissible Harvest .......... .......... ............ ............... ........................................
40
       4.3 Harvest Regulation .......... ......... ............ ............. ............. ..............................................
41
               4.3.1 Felling Cycle ......... .......... ............ ............. ............................................................
41
               4.3.2 Forest Compartments ........ ........ .......... ............ .....................................................
41
               4.3.3 Harvest Regulation and Control ........ ........ ......... ..................................................
42
       4.4 Method of Harvest ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ................................................................
42
               4.4.1 Forest Harvest Management ......... ......... ......... ..... ..................................................
42
               4.4.2 Training for Indigenous Selection Management ...... ......... ....... ..... ...... ....... .............
43
               4.4.3 Canopy Gaps ......... ......... ............ ............. ............. ................................................
43
               4.4.4 Tree Felling ........ ....... ....... ....... ....... ....... ...............................................................
44
               4.4.5 Harvest Extraction ..... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ........
44
       4.5 Forest Roading .... ..... ...... ....... ....... ....... ....... ......... ............ ............ ...............................
45
               4.5.1 Roading Network ..... ..... ....... ......... ............ ............ ...... ... ......... ............
45
               4.5.2 Road Construction ......... .......... ............. ............. ........ ...........................................
46
               4.5.3 Road Access ........ ......... ........... .......... .......... ........... .......
47
       4.6 Areas Reserved from Production ....... ......... .......... ........... ............................................
48
               4.6.1 Streamside Management Zones ......... ........ .......... ....... ..........................................
48
               4.6.2 Recreation Zones ............ .............. ............ .............. ..............................................
48
               4.6.3 Wildlife and Special Forest Associations ......... ..... ...............................................
49
               4.6.4 Special Landscape Zones ....... ........ ......... .......... ...................................................
50
       4.7 Site Servicing, Structures and Signs ....... ........ ......... ......... ............................................
50
               4.7.1 Potable Water ....... ....... ........ ......... .......... ..............................................................
50
               4.7.2 Sewage Disposal ... ...... ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ..................................................
50
               4.7.3 Refuse Disposal ....... ........ .......... .......... ........... ......................................................
50
               4.7.4 On-Site Car Parking ........ ........ ......... ......... .......... .................................................
50
               4.7.5 Buildings and Structures ..... ..... ...... ........ ......... .....................................................
51
               4.7.6 Signs ...... ...... ....... ........ ........ ......... ......... ..............................................................
51
       4.8 Storage and Use of Hazardous Substances ....... ....... ........ ........ ...... ..............................
51
       4.9 Intensity of Operation ..... ..... ...... ...... ...... ...... ................................................................
51
       4.10 Vehicle Movements ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ...................................................
52
5. Planning Controls ....... .................................................................... ..................................
53
       5.1 Buller District Council ........ ........ ........ ........ ......... ........................................................
53
               5.1.1 Transitional Buller District Plan ...... ...... ...... ...... ..................................................
53
               5.1.2 Proposed Buller District Plan ........ ......... ......... .....................................................
54
       5.2 West Coast Regional Council ..... ..... ..... ..... .................................................................
55
       5.3 Tasman District Council ................ .......... ........... ........... ...............................................
56
               5.3.1 Transitional Tasman District Plan ........ ........ ........ ................................................
56
               5.3.2 Proposed Tasman District Plan .... .... ...... ..............................................................
57
               5.3.3 Tasman Regional Plan (Land) ........ ........ ........ ........ ..............................................
59
               5.3.4 Regional Plan for Works in the Beds of Rivers and Streams ...... .........................
60

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       5.4 Buller Water Conservation Order .................................................................................
60
6. Assessment of Environmental Effects ..............................................................................
61
       6.1 Summary ......................................................................................................................
61
       6.2 Indigenous Vegetation ..................................................................................................
61
              6.2.1 Areas of Significant Vegetation ...........................................................................
61
              6.2.2 Forest Structure and Ecology ...............................................................................
63
              6.2.3 Canopy Cover.......................................................................................................
67
              6.2.4 Pinhole Borer........................................................................................................
68
              6.2.5 Windthrow and Snow Damage .............................................................................
69
              6.2.6 Disease, Stress, Physiological Drought and Pathogens ........................................
70
              6.2.7 Biomass Removal .................................................................................................
71
              6.2.8 Pests......................................................................................................................
72
              6.2.9 Rotor Wash ...........................................................................................................
73
              6.2.10 Roading ................................................................................................................
73
       6.3 Habitat for Indigenous Fauna .......................................................................................
74
              6.3.1 Significant Habitats of Indigenous Fauna ............................................................
74
              6.3.2 Rare and Endangered Fauna .................................................................................
75
              6.3.3 Protecting Species ................................................................................................
76
              6.3.4 Predator Control ...................................................................................................
81
       6.4 Waterbodies and Riparian Margins..............................................................................
82
              6.4.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................
82
              6.4.2 Suspended and Deposited Solids ..........................................................................
82
              6.4.3 Nutrient Loads ......................................................................................................
82
              6.4.4 Dissolved Oxygen ................................................................................................
83
              6.4.5 Organic Material ...................................................................................................
83
              6.4.6 Light and Temperature .........................................................................................
83
       6.5 Natural Features and Landscapes .................................................................................
84
              6.5.1 Visual Effects of Harvest Gaps ............................................................................
84
              6.5.2 Visual Effects of Roads........................................................................................
85
              6.5.3 Sites of Geological Importance ............................................................................
86
       6.6 Socio-Economic Effects ...............................................................................................
86
              6.6.1 Efficient Use and Development of Resources ......................................................
86
              6.6.2 Direct and Downstream benefits ..........................................................................
87
              6.6.3 Tourism ................................................................................................................
88
       6.7 Cultural and Heritage ...................................................................................................
89
              6.7.1 Relationship of Maori to Land, Water and Sites ..................................................
89
              6.7.2 Historic and Archaeological Sites ........................................................................
89
              6.7.3 Accidental Discovery Protocol .............................................................................
89
       6.8 Recreational Values ......................................................................................................
91
              6.8.1 Recreational fisheries ...........................................................................................
91
              6.8.2 Hunting .................................................................................................................
92
              6.8.3 Public Access .......................................................................................................
92
              6.8.4 Wilderness Values................................................................................................
92
              6.8.5 Noise .....................................................................................................................
93
       6.9 Traffic Effects ...............................................................................................................
93
7. Consultation .....................................................................................................................
95
       7.1 West Coast Forests Accord 1986 .................................................................................
95
       7.2 Forests Amendment Act 1993 ......................................................................................
95
       7.3 Pre-lodgement Consultation .........................................................................................
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8. Mitigation Measures .........................................................................................................
98
       8.1 General Management Objectives .............. ...................................................................
98
       8.2 Old Growth Forest Harvesting ...................................................................................
100
              8.2.1 Additional Management Objectives ...................................................................
100
              8.2.2 Operational Policies ...........................................................................................
100
              8.2.3 Specific Controls ................................................................................................
100
       8.3 Recovery Forest Harvesting .......................................................................................
101
              8.3.1 Additional Management Objectives ...................................................................
101
              8.3.2 Operational policies............................................................................................
102
              8.3.3 Specific Controls ................................................................................................
102
       8.4 Forest Operations Management..................................................................................
103
              8.4.1 Specific Controls ................................................................................................
103
       8.5 Forest Ecological Management ..................................................................................
104
              8.5.1 Operational Policies ...........................................................................................
104
              8.5.2 Specific Controls ................................................................................................
105
       8.6 Protection of Cultural and Heritage Values ...............................................................
107
              8.6.1 Specific Controls ................................................................................................
107
       8.7 Recreation and Landscape Values ..............................................................................
107
              8.7.1 Specific Controls ................................................................................................
107
       8.8 Term of Consent and Council Reviews ......................................................................
107
9. Monitoring .............. ..................... ..................................................................................
109
       9.1 Monitoring Strategy for Beech Sustainable Management managed by TWCL. ........
109
              9.1.1 Working Circle Monitoring ............ ....................................................................
109
              9.1.2 "Integrated Management Landscapes" joint management objectives with the
                       Department of Conservation. ............. ...................................................................
110
              9.1.3 "Paired" Monitoring Sites for Research Studies .............................................
111
              9.1.4 General Issues ....... ........... ................ ...................................................................
112
       9.2 Audit Procedures ........................................................................................................
113
              9.2.1 Clarifying the Current Process .............. ................. ............................................
113
              9.2.2 Five Yearly Audit ...........................................................................................
114
              9.2.3 Proposed Audit Structures ............................ .................... ..................................
114
              9.2.4 Independent 3 rd Party Oversight ............... ................. .............. ...........................
115
Maps
Map 1: Application Area
Map 2: Grey Valley Working Circle
Map 3: Inangahua Working Circle
Map 4: Maruia Working Circle
Map 5: Registered Historic Sites
Diagrams
Diagram1: Landcare Growth Model Output
Diagram2: Managed Forest Assumptions; Landcare Model
Diagram3: General Audit Processes
Diagram4: Future Proposed Audit Processes

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Note : Volume 2 does not exist in this document, any references to the Appendices contained in Volume 2 should be ignored.

VOLUME 2

Appendices

Appendix 1: Roads and Landing Sites (including names and addresses of land owners other than TWCL)
Appendix 2: Adjacent Land Owners and Occupiers
Appendix 3: Legal Descriptions of TWCL forests
Appendix 4: Road and Bridge Construction Standards
Appendix 5: Stream Classification Criteria
Appendix 6: Areas Reserved from Production
Appendix 7: Pinhole Borer Monitoring Methodology
Appendix 8: Recovery Forests at Start Up
Appendix 9: Location of Accessways
Appendix 10: West Coast Regional Council Consents
Appendix 11: Photographs of Harvest Gaps









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APPLICATION FOR RESOURCE CONSENT


UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991










Buller District Council







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Form 5


Reg 8

APPLICATION FOR RESOURCE CONSENT


UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991








TO: Buller District Council

Timberlands West Coast Limited, Private Bag 608, Greymouth, applies for the resource consent described below.

1. THE NAME and address of the owner and occupier of the land to which the application relates is:

Owner
The Crown
C/- Treasury
Private Bag
WELLINGTON
Occupier
Timberlands West Coast Limited
PO Box 608
GREYMOUTH


2. THE LOCATION to which this application relates is:

Forests of the Grey Working Circle within the Buller District, both sides of the Grey River Valley generally to the east and west of State Highway 7 between Ikamatua and Reefton, including the following forests:
  • Antonois
  • Blackwater
  • Pt Waiuta
  • Browns Creek
  • Maimai
  • Mirfins
Forests of the Inangahua Valley Working Circle located both sides of the Inangahua River Valley, generally to the east and west of State Highway 69 between Reefton and Inangahua Junction and to the north and west of the State Highway between Inangahua and Westport, including the following forests:
  • Orikaka
  • Camp Creek
  • Bens Bridge
  • Larrys
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  • Station Creek
  • McConnochie Creek
  • Waitahu
  • Burkes Creek
  • Perseverance
  • Pt Heaphy
  • White Cliffs
  • Rosemount
Part of Station Creek forest in the Maruia Working Circle, located to the east of Maruia and State Highway 65 within the Buller District.

Private land and legal unformed roads adjacent to the above forests (for the purpose of access and landing sites).

The locations of the forests subject to this application are shown on Map 1 attached. The locations of areas subject to this application which are affected by roads and helicopter landings, and which are outside the Timberlands West Coast Limited estate, are shown on the cadastral maps in Appendix 1, Volume 2 attached.

3. THE TYPE of resource consent sought is a land use consent for a term of 35 years.

4. A DESCRIPTION of the activity to which the application relates is:

To undertake sustainable beech forest management, including selective felling of trees, aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading, extension and use of road access and helicopter landing sites, together comprising indigenous forestry extraction in terms of the Buller District Plan. A detailed description of the activity is included in the attached Assessment of Environmental Effects which forms part of this application. The application does not include access to strategic routes other than in compliance with rule 7.4 of the Buller District Plan.

5. THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS relevant to this proposal have been applied for and/ or granted by the West Coast Regional Council:
  • land use consents pursuant to s9(3) for land disturbance and vegetation clearance associated with helicopter harvesting and road and landing site upgrading and extension; and
  • land use consent pursuant to s13 for works and structures in, on under and over the beds of any rivers for the purpose of vehicle crossings.
THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS are required and have been applied for from the Tasman District Council (for those parts of the Maruia Working Circle located within Tasman District):
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  • land use consent (s9) to undertake sustainable beech forest management, including selective felling of trees, aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading, extension and use of road access and helicopter landing sites, where total clearance in the application areas may exceed 5 ha over any five year period (discretionary activity).
  • land use consents (s9) to undertake sustainable beech forest management, including selective felling of trees, aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading and extension of road access and helicopter landing sites where total clearance per application site will be less than 5 ha over any five year period (controlled activity).
  • land use consent (s13) for works and structures in, on under and over the beds of any rivers for the purpose of vehicle crossings.
THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS are required from Buller District Council and will be applied for as needed.
  • Access to strategic routes, other than in compliance with rule 7.4 of the Buller District Plan.
6. AN ASSESSMENT of any effects that the proposed activities may have on the environment in accordance with the Fourth Schedule to the Act is attached.

7. ANY OTHER INFORMATION, required to be included in the application by the district or regional plan or regulations is included in the assessment of effects.

8. The names and addresses of all owners and occupiers of land affected by new access roads, road upgrading and new landings, where outside the Timberlands West Coast Limited estate, are shown in the schedules accompanying the roading maps in Appendix 1, Volume 2, of the attached assessment of environmental effects.

.................................... Signature of applicant

Mr Kit Richards
General Manager Planning
Timberlands West Coast Limited

Signed on this .... day of ......., 1999.

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ADDRESS FOR SERVICE of Applicant:

Mr Kit Richards
Timberlands West Coast Ltd
Private Bag 608
GREYMOUTH

PH: (03) 762 6111
FX: (03) 762 6777












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APPLICATIONS FOR RESOURCE CONSENTS


UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991






Tasman District Council











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Form 5
Reg 8

APPLICATION FOR RESOURCE CONSENT


UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991


TO: Tasman District Council

Timberlands West Coast Limited, Private Bag 608, Greymouth, applies for the resource consent described below.

1. THE NAME and address of the owner and occupier of the land to which the application relates is:

Owner
The Crown
C/- Treasury
Private Bag
WELLINGTON
Occupier
Timberlands West Coast Limited
PO Box 608
GREYMOUTH

2. THE LOCATION to which this application relates is:

Forests in the Maruia Working Circle (excluding part of Station Creek Forest which is located within Buller District), located on the eastern and western sides of the Maruia River valley between Springs Junction in the south and Murchison in the north, including the following forests:
  • Glengarry Forest
  • Shenandoah Forest
  • Pea Soup Forest
  • (Part) Station Creek Forest (includes Cave Stream)
Private land and legal unformed roads adjacent to the above forests (for the purpose of access and landing sites).

The locations of the forests subject to this application are shown on Map 1 attached. The locations of areas of land adjacent to the Timberlands estate which are to be used for roads or helicopter landings are shown on the maps in Appendix 1, Volume 2 attached.

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3. THE TYPE of resource consent sought is a land use consent under Section 9 for a term of 35 years.

4. A DESCRIPTION of the activity to which the application relates is:

To undertake sustainable beech forest management (forestry), including selective felling of trees (destruction or removal of indigenous forest), aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading, extension and use of road access (including crossing of the beds of rivers) and helicopter landing sites. A detailed description of the activity is included in the attached assessment of environmental effects which forms part of this application.

5. THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS related to this proposal have been applied for and/ or granted by the West Coast Regional Council for those areas of the Maruia Working Circle located within the West Coast Regional boundary:
  • land use consents pursuant to s9(3) for land disturbance and vegetation clearance associated with helicopter harvesting and road and landing site upgrading and extension; and
  • land use consent pursuant to s13 for works and structures in, on under and over the beds of any rivers for the purpose of vehicle crossings.

THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENT is required and has been applied for from the Buller District Council (for those parts of the Maruia Working Circle located within Buller District, the Inangahua Working Circle, and those parts of the Grey Working Circle located within Buller District):
  • land use consent to undertake sustainable beech forest management, including selective felling of trees, aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading, extension and use of road access and helicopter landing sites.
THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS have been sought from the Tasman District Council:
  • land use consents (controlled activity) for the removal (clearance) of up to 5 ha in total of indigenous forest in each of 26 sites in forests of the Maruia Working Circle in the Tasman District in any five year period.
  • land use consents pursuant to S13 for works and structures in or under and over the beds of any rivers for the purpose of vehicle crossings.
6. AN ASSESSMENT of any effects that the proposed activities may have on the environment in accordance with the Fourth Schedule to the Act is attached.

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7. ANY OTHER INFORMATION, required to be included in the application by the district or regional plan or regulations is included in the attached assessment of environmental effects.

8. The names and addresses of all owners and occupiers of adjoining land affected by new access roads, road upgrading and new landings, where outside the Timberlands West Coast Limited estate, are shown in the schedules accompanying the roading maps in Appendix 2, Volume 2, of the attached assessment of environmental effects.

................................ Signature of applicant



Mr Kit Richards
General Manager Planning
Timberlands West Coast Limited

Signed on this .... day of ......., 1999.

ADDRESS FOR SERVICE of Applicant:



Mr Kit Richards
Timberlands West Coast Ltd
Private Bag 608
GREYMOUTH

PH: (03) 762 6111
FX: (03) 762 6777



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Form 5
Reg 8

APPLICATION FOR RESOURCE CONSENT


UNDER SECTION 88 OF THE


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991


TO: Tasman District Council

Timberlands West Coast Limited, Private Bag 608, Greymouth, applies for the resource consent described below.

1. THE NAME and address of the owner and occupier of the land to which the application relates is:

Owner
The Crown
C/- Treasury
Private Bag
WELLINGTON
Occupier
Timberlands West Coast Limited
PO Box 608
GREYMOUTH

2. THE LOCATION to which this application relates is:

Forests in the Maruia Working Circle (excluding part of Station Creek Forest which is located within Buller District), located on the eastern and western sides of the Maruia River valley between Springs Junction in the south and Murchison in the north, including the following forests:
  • Glengarry Forest
  • Shenandoah Forest
  • Pea Soup Forest
  • (Part) Station Creek Forest (includes Cave Stream)
Private land and legal unformed roads adjacent to the above forests (for the purpose of access and landing sites).

The locations of the forests subject to this application are shown on Map 1 attached. The locations of adjacent land adjacent to the Timberlands estate which are to be used for roads or helicopter landings are shown on the maps in Appendix 1, Volume 2 attached.

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3. THE TYPE of resource consent sought is a land use consent under section 13 for a term of 35 years.

5. A DESCRIPTION of the activity to which the application relates is: To undertake works in, on, under and over the beds of rivers and streams within the application areas for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, using and removing vehicle crossings through or over rivers and streams.

THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS have been applied for and/ or granted by the West Coast Regional Council for those areas of the Maruia working circle located within the West Coast Region:
  • land use consents pursuant to s9(3) for land disturbance and vegetation clearance associated with helicopter harvesting and road and landing site upgrading and extension; and
  • land use consent pursuant to s13 for works and structures in, on under and over the beds of any rivers for the purpose of vehicle crossings.
THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENT is required and has been applied for from the Buller District Council (for those parts of the Maruia Working Circle located within Buller District, the Inangahua Working Circle, and those parts of the Grey Working Circle located within Buller District):
  • land use consent to undertake sustainable beech forest management, including selective felling of trees, aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading, extension and use of road access and helicopter landing sites.

THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL RESOURCE CONSENTS have been sought from the Tasman District Council:
  • land use consent (s9) to undertake sustainable beech forest management, including selective felling of trees, aerial extraction of logs by helicopter, and ancillary upgrading, extension and use of road access and helicopter landing sites, where total clearance in the application areas may exceed 5 ha over any five year period (discretionary activity).
  • land use consents (s9) for the removal (clearance) of up to 5 ha in total of indigenous forest in each of 26 sites in forests of the Maruia Working Circle in the Tasman District in any five year period (controlled activity).

6. AN ASSESSMENT of any effects that the proposed activities may have on the environment in accordance with the Fourth Schedule to the Act is attached.


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7. ANY OTHER INFORMATION, required to be included in the application by the district or regional plan or regulations is included in the attached assessment of environmental effects.

8. The names and addresses of all owners and occupiers of adjoining land affected by new access roads, road upgrading or new landings, where outside the Timberlands West Coast Limited estate, are shown in the schedules accompanying the roading maps in Appendix 2, Volume 2, of the attached assessment of environmental effects.





.............................................................
Signature of applicant

Mr Kit Richards
General Manager Planning
Timberlands West Coast Limited

Signed on this ..... day of ........, 1999.

ADDRESS FOR SERVICE of Applicant:

Mr Kit Richards
Timberlands West Coast Ltd
Private Bag 608
GREYMOUTH

PH: (03) 762 6111
FX: (03) 762 6777





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