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Catchment Management

  • Check regional council’s rules (both land & water) regarding consenting or permitted activity requirements.

  • Check district council’s land use rules before considering new forestry activities.

  • Access any hydrology and surface water quality information held by the regional council or others (e.g. consultants, researchers or academics). Monitor the catchment hydrology (including aquifer recharge zones or aquifers should these exist in the catchment) and surface water quality and biology prior to planting, after full cover, during harvest and post-harvest.

  • Consider and deal with any recharge effects on aquifer and surface water hydrology when establishing new forestry. Ideally, liaise with the regional council since the council is likely to have sufficient information on catchment hydrology and that the it is responsible to manage catchment hydrology.

  • Design all earthwork (both the establishment and future harvest) activities with sediment runoff and soil erosion in mind.

  • Leave sufficient riparian margin around perennial waterways giving particular regard to the type of earthwork activity and slope.

  • Use sufficient fish friendly structures as crossings.