Sustainably managed
indigenous rainforest
in New Zealand


Saltwater forest from the air with Southern Alps behind


Sustainably managed rimu forest at Saltwater,
South Westland.


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Rain forest management, logging, sustainable forest management,
rimu forest, forest destruction, saving forests, sustainable logging,
rimu forest conservation, rimu preservation.



A book about Okarito
the village, Lagoon, and the Forests.


Following the signing of the epoch-making West Coast Accord which set rules on the sustainable management of the extensive State-owned indigenous forests on Westland and south-west Nelson, work began on implementing sustainable forest management of the rimu forests of Okarito and Saltwater in south Westland.

This book tells some of the story of early Okarito village and of the Okarito Lagoon.
It also describes, in the terms used by forestry professionals, Okarito and Saltwater forests, the trees, other plants and animals that live there, and how TWC managed these two little forests in a sustainable manner that provided valuable timber for fine uses, and improved the habitat of the forests for the trees, other plants and animals.
The management techniques are described in detail.
These sustainable management processes and the TWC techniques were described by a significant group of world forestry leaders (United Nations "Montreal Process" delegates in the year 2000) as being an outstanding demonstration of how indigenous forests can be well managed in a truly sustainable manner.
The book goes on to describe how unscrupulous politicians of the 1999 and current Labour government under Helen Clark stopped this world-leading example, along with the proposed similar 132,000 hectare beech management plan of 1998, purely in order to obtain political advantage (support of the Green party in northern seats). and regardless of the forestry and social merit. In typical politician manner, spurious arguments were later invented in a vain attempt to justify the treacherous actions they took against industry, against the Accord, against the forestry profession, and against the West Coast region.

The interaction of the environmental NGOs with this process and their collusion with the politicians is also documented

The Table of Contents of the book reads as follows:

1 Okarito (and Saltwater); Village, lagoon, and two forests
2 Okarito and Saltwater forests: Plants, soils, and climate
3 Forest Accords
4 A brief history of forestry in New Zealand especially state forestry: politics and policy; Part 1
5 A brief history of forestry in New Zealand; Change, change, change; Part 2
6 Developments in indigenous forest management in Westland
7 Sustainable yield regulation. (Population demographics (in human terms))
8 Natural Forest Management with TWC Ltd
9 Adaptive management
10 Monitoring and research
11 Okarito and Saltwater These events - do they matter? What significance do they have?
12 Timbers with special properties and their uses
13 Special Purpose Timbers in the New Zealand context
14 Imports of fine timbers from forests not managed sustainably
15 Common misconceptions
16 Environmental organisations; Their record
17 Politicians and Political processes
18 Towards a sustainable future
19 Things to see and do in Okarito forest
20 References