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4.3Forest roads
4.3.1

Requirement

For new roads, all necessary consents shall be obtained.

Means of verification

  • Records of consents
  • Environmental assessment where required.

Guidance

Where new roads are planned, a documented evaluation should be made to achieve a balance between timber extraction distances and road density, which takes into account the impact on the environment. Non-timber activities also need to be taken into account, e.g. access for sporting.

4.3.2

Requirement

Roads and timber extraction tracks and associated drainage shall be designed, created, used and maintained in a manner that minimises their environmental impact.

Means of verification

All woodlands:

  • Documented plans for the design and creation of permanent roads and tracks
  • Control systems for the creation and use of temporary tracks and extraction routes
  • Field observation.

Non-SLIM woodlands:

  • Documented maintenance plans.

Guidance

Particular attention should be paid to:

  • Avoiding features of historic environment, biological, geological or cultural value
  • Use of bridges, arches or culverts to cross water courses
  • Ensuring that verges and ditches are created and managed to promote their habitat value
  • Materials used, especially rock type, are in keeping with the ecology of the woodland
  • Avoiding erosion and adverse impacts on water systems and wildlife habitats
  • Careful landscaping of roads, both internally and externally
  • Use of brash mats.