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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1997) 42(2): 13–17
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Forestry, the State and Society: Social responsibility and private concerns

J. Galbraith

This paper describes how forestry businesses, and the forestry professionals employed by them, operate within the legal, societal and institutional frameworks currently existing within New Zealand. It primarily addresses these issues from the perspective of plantation forest management.
Forestry managers and practitioners must conform to a challenging web of statutory requirements, community expectations and institutional policies, guidelines and codes. The principal external requirements are the Resource Management Act, NZ Forest Accord and the recent principles for Commercial Plantation Forest Management.
The process of consultation often brings these practitioners into direct contact with parties potentially affected by planned activities and it is the conduct of the consultation, as much as the content, which determines the outcome. Recent case studies referred to illustrate the often extensive and protracted nature of consultation.

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