A reminder that anyone harvesting and changing the land use for over two hectares of pre-1990 trees must submit a deforestation return to MPI. The two-hectare allowance applies to each five-year compliance period (2008-2102; 2013-2017).

Owners are required to inform MPI of any deforestation within 20 days of harvesting the first tree, and then submit a deforestation return covering the calendar year (Jan 1st-Dec 31st) when the trees were felled. This return must be submitted between January 1st and March 31st of the following year.

The deforestation rules are quite prescriptive so check with us if you are unsure.