FSC® Certification

Certification is seen as key to the future of Summit Forests. It provides marketing and economic advantages for our forest products but more importantly, it ensures that the management of our resource is carried out under responsible forest management principles. Summit’s forests was certified in early 2013, and is re-audited annually to ensure we are performing above the required standard. Additionally, every 5 years we undergo a major re-audit and recertification. The estate was previously FSC certified under Juken NZ (since 2008). For further information about the Forest Stewardship Council®, please visit www.fsc.org  

Details of the current FSC Certificate can be viewed here:  Please click on this link

Environmental Management

Summit Forest New Zealand Ltd (SFNZ) is committed to the responsible stewardship of the lands and forests we manage. It is our objective to deliver optimal value while protecting the future productivity of the land and ensuring that, over time, the environmental, cultural, and community values of the forests we manage are maintained or enhanced. Here is a link to Environmental Policy


Health and Safety

We take Health and Safety very seriously.  Here is a link to our Health & Safety Policy: HSP-001 Health and Safety Policy Statement 2022

Please click the following links to access the HSE Annual Monitoring Review for Northland and Whanganui for the period 1st April 2020-31st March 2021.

HSE Annual Review 2022 – Northland

HSE Annual Review 2022 – Whanganui

HSE Annual Review 2022 – Coromandel


Management Plan

We are also keen to show you how we operate. Please click below to access the Management Plans for Northland, Gisborne, Coromandel and Whanganui

View our Forest Management Plan




Monitoring of our operations, the environment and all aspects of our business performance can only improve Summit’ overall performance as:

  • A manager of sustainable forest resources; and
  • A significant contributor to sound environmental management; and
  • A good corporate citizen and employer. The objective of our monitoring is to ensure Summit’s performance (in all areas of our business) is regularly measured and key performance indicators assessed for continual improvement. The purpose of monitoring for Summit is to compare actual performance against legal requirements, company standards, environmental objectives / targets, and to initiate corrective or preventative action when required. Summaries of our monitoring programmes are all publicly available upon request.

Current monitoring operations include:

  • Health and Safety monitoring of the workforce
  • Operational activities and compliance
  • Rare, threatened and endangered species
  • Monitoring of indigenous forest within our estate
  • Annual monitoring of in-stream values
  • Compliance with conditions of resource consents
  • Forest health surveys
  • Chemical use
  • Forest yield reconciliations (predicted volumes versus actual recovery)
  • Public use of the forest
  • Public feedback
  • The efficacy of pest control operations (plant and animal pests)
  • Changes to legislation