1 June, 2017
1 June 2017
Release of Forestry South Africa's Environmental
for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa
Forestry South Africa (FSA) has released the third
version of its popular Environmental
Management Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa.
Unlike previous iterations, this version is in electronic format and can be
found on the FSA website www.forestry.co.za.
The objective is to provide updated guidelines on the
management of plantation forestry in order to minimise the impacts of
operations on the physical environment.
The document is simply presented, with each chapter
including a general description of the subject matter to inform the reader of
the most important issues. This is followed by a statement of intent describing
what a forester should aim for. It also highlights a number of measures that
can be applied to achieve the desired outcome.
The guidelines are designed to reduce negative impacts
through the application of the law, and best management practices that should
- minimised impacts on stream flow
through the removal of alien and invasive species from wetland buffer zones and
- reduced impacts on biodiversity
through the retention or establishment of natural vegetation corridors between
timber compartments; and
- reduced impacts on soil from harvested
compartments and roads.
They also deal with conservation measures in unplanted
areas, the use of fire to maintain biodiversity as well as the legal
requirements for firebreaks. Other topics include integrated pest management,
the best silvicultural and harvesting methods, road construction and
management, non-timber products and the management of staff housing.
The legal requirements pertaining to all activities
are included along with a brief discussion of forest and forest product
For further information, please contact the Editorial
Download the : Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa
John Scotcher | ForestLore (Pty) Ltd | firstname.lastname@example.org
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