Summit Forests is committed to the responsible stewardship of the lands and forests we manage.
We seek to optimise the value of the plantation forests we manage while protecting the future productivity of the land and ensure that the environmental, cultural, and community values of these forests are maintained or enhanced over time.
Where possible, Summit obtains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) (FSC-C112972) certification for the forests we manage. FSC promotes responsible management of forests and gives our investors, customers and other stakeholders confidence that we are conducting our business legally, responsibly and sustainably. FSC certification has been maintained since the early 2000s over our Whangapoua Forest and 2008 for the Northland forests. Our Whanganui forests were certified under SFNZ management in 2020.
Maintaining certification demonstrates that our resource management is in line with the FSC principles and criteria which, as well as holding intrinsic value, also offer marketing and economic advantages for our forest products in New Zealand and abroad.
The nature of the forestry agreements we hold in Gisborne mean they cannot be certified under FSC. However, Summit’s management of these forests remains the same as our FSC certified forests.
SGS New Zealand Limited undertake annual audits against the FSC criteria and copies of Summit’s latest FSC audit are available on FSC’s website.
Please find our HSE Annual Reviews below.
Working with our indigenous biodiversity, indigenous reserves & communities
As part of the responsible stewardship of the lands and forests we manage and aligned with the FSC principles and criteria, Summit is actively engaged in a number of biodiversity, restoration, and community projects. Find out more about these projects below.
Little Gem, Northland Little Gem Lake at Sweetwater, 17km north of Kaitaia, has been the focus of a community-based restoration project since 2010. Summit Forests purchased the 19-hectare site in 2013 which included the lake,…
Project Kiwi, Coromandel In Whangapoua Forest in the Coromandel — a Summit-owned production forest — magic is happening. With the help of the Project Kiwi Trust and a custom predator control programme, we are slowly…
Reveg project, Whanganui When a small area at the entrance to one of our Summit forests was identified as “threatened habitat” in the NZ Threatened Environment Classification, we took action. The Te Ara To Waka…