Environment plans by region
Environment plans are now required by some regional councils. Each council has slightly different requirements, so we have developed regionally-specific plan templates to reflect these differences.
Select your region below to find the relevant template for your farm.
If you farm in the Waikato, there is a specific Farm Environment Plan template that aligns with Waikato Regional Council’s regulations. This template uses our Environment Plan toolkit as a framework and has been approved by the regional council.
If you farm in the Hawke’s Bay, there is a specific Farm Environmental Management Plan template that complies with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s regulations (Tukituki River Catchment). This template uses our Environment Plan toolkit as a framework and has been approved by the regional council.
If you own 4ha or more of productive land in the Tukituki catchment – or if you are a low intensity farm over 10ha – you need to complete a Farm Environmental Management Plan by 31 May 2018.
If you farm in Canterbury, there is a specific Farm Environment Plan template that complies with Environment Canterbury’s regulations. This template uses our Environment Plan toolkit as a framework and has been approved by the regional council.
If you farm outside Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne or Canterbury, there are currently no regionally specific B+LNZ environment plan templates you must complete. However, Land and Environment Plan workshops and resources are available for farmers to proactively engage in farm environmental planning.
1) Land and Environment Plan – Level 1
This introduction to farm environmental planning sets out how you'll manage your farm's land and natural resources. You can attend a Land and Environment Plan level 1 workshop and use the free toolkit resources to help you get a plan in place.
The Land and Environment Plan level 1 guides you through a recorded assessment of your farm’s environmental risks and land management opportunities. It involves a stocktake of land, soil and water resources, and results in the development of a personalised, written plan – identifying potential actions to be undertaken, where they might be targeted, and when they will be implemented.
2) Land and Environment Plan – Level 2
A key component of the Land and Environment Plan level 2 is to identify Land Management Units (LMUs), which are used to tailor land and farm systems management on your unique property.
Key steps are:
- Stocktake your farm’s land and soil resources
- Develop Land Management Units (LMUs)
- Use LMUs as a basis for nutrient budgeting, strengths and weaknesses analysis, and productive potential assessment
- Summarise opportunities for more sustainable farming as a three-year response plan.
3) Land and Environment Plan – Level 3
The Land and Environment Plan level 3 builds on your completed Land and Environment Plan level 2 and aims to produce a ’Gold Standard’ farm plan. A Land and Environment Plan level 3 is not currently offered in a workshop setting and will likely require specialist one-on-one assistance.
The goal is to achieve a set of standards suitable for consideration towards quality assurance and other similar land and environment programmes.
The required steps are similar to those for the Land and Environemtn Plan level 2, but with a greater emphasis on specifications and methods used by professional farm planners, including:
- An accurate and up-to-date paddock-scale map showing features relevant to land and environmental management
- A paddock-scale inventory describing the land resource according to published standards for either soil mapping or Land Use Capability (LUC)
- Overseer® farm nutrient budget prepared by a qualified operator
- A “Works Programme” prepared with input from a resource management specialist.
Achievements are recorded and changes in freshwater quality, soil condition and natural biodiversity (if relevant) are monitored at least every three years.
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