Thousands of kilometres of new forestry roads will be required in the next 10 years to provide access to large areas of plantation forest that will be ready for harvesting.
In anticipation, a new engineering manual and associated operators' guide have been produced for forest owners and farmers who will have to drive new roads through often steep country.
Forest Owners Association transport committee chair Brian Pritchard says it updates an earlier roading handbook producted by the former Logging Industry Research Organisation.
Mr Pritchard says many companies have their own standards for building forestry roads, but the engineering manual is a best-practice guide for managing the process.
With an estimated 14,000 kilometres of new harvest access roads potentially needed from the early 2020s, he says there will be plenty of challenges for contractors having to meet high environmental standards and deal with issues such as erosion and sediment control.