Environmental Tools

Environmental Tools

Land and Environment Planning Toolkit

This toolkit includes workbooks and guidelines for three different levels of planning, examples of completed plans from around New Zealand, and a handy reference guide.
It aims to help you manage your farm sustainably, through addressing the environmental factors that make your farm unique.
Have a go at level 1, this should only take you 20 minutes!

Knowledge is power. The more you understand about your property, its soil types, pasture varieties/age,  the property's vulnerable areas, strong areas, the better prepared you can be when it comes to making management decisions and dealing with harsh environmental conditions.

Mapping this out and writing it down enhances the likelihood of efficient management of areas identified through this process.There is nothing like raising awareness to get some action on the ground.

Also, if you have already undertaken a lot of farm development, or beautification, this 3 level process reinforces the steps you have taken to ensure you are on the right track - a bit like a checklist.

What is involved in the three level toolkit?

Level 1 LEP workbooks: you can choose one of two methods – farm mapping or risk assessment. Once one of workbooks is completed you will have a level 1 LEP. Some people find the risk assessment method easier, others prefer farm mapping, it’s up to you.
Risk assessment method
Farm mapping method

Level 2 LEP: guidelines that build on level 1 and help you develop individual land management units. It usually takes between two and 20 hours to complete. About 25% of farmers should be able to complete a level 2 LEP without any specialist input.

Level 3 LEP: guidelines that build on level 2 and aim to produce a plan comparable to those used by regional councils and quality assurance programmes. This takes about 20 hours to complete and some farmers will need some specialist assistance.

LEP Response Plan template: Download the response plan template to create a new land and environment plan, or review and change an exisiting plan. You can use this template for any level LEP

Associated reference material
LEP Pamphlet: A pamphlet explaining why you should have a land environment plan (LEP); the difference between levels 1, 2 and 3; and the equivalence with other environmental systems
Reference guide: listing key people, information and resources on soil, water and forestry that could assist you in your LEP process
Completed examples: A booklet showing different types of completed LEPs for sheep and beef farms

Thank you to Beef + LambNZ for the use of this reference material.

How to get a hardcopy of the toolkit

The toolkit is available free to all Beef + LambNZ levy payers as a hard copy. Contact your local Beef + Lamb NZ Extension Manager - beeflambnz.com/local/ >>

Check out the videos below from Beef+Lamb NZ's series on LEPs and their High Country Lake Catchments Environment project (5 videos in total, will autoplay one after another).

NZ Landcare Trust has worked with deer farmers to capture examples of excellent sustainable land and water management from around the country. This information has been distilled into fifteen short videos.