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Native forestry

How to apply for an old growth and rainforest assessment

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On 25 August 2017, new legislative arrangements commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on the EPAs website and any publications may now be outdated. These documents will be progressively updated by the EPA to ensure current legislative arrangements are reflected. More detail about the changes are available.

The NSW Government prohibits logging of old growth forest and rainforest on both private and public land. Old growth forest and rainforest support exceptional natural values which are threatened by logging. A process has been established to assess old growth and rainforest on private land which is summarised in this decision tree (PDF 131KB).

If landholders believe the maps of old-growth forest or rainforest supplied with their approved private native forestry plan (PNF plan) do not reflect the current situation within the area proposed for PNF operations, they can contact the EPA to have the mapping reviewed. Before a review will be considered, landholders must provide evidence to support their request. Evidence may include photos, logging records or other evidence of disturbance history.

If you would like the EPA to review the old growth and rainforest maps in your PNF plan area please contact your local EPA office.

The EPA has approved protocols for the identification and verification of old growth forest (PDF 147KB) and rainforest (PDF 128KB) on private land. The EPA also maintains a public register (XLS 86KB) of each rainforest and old growth assessment, and reports the results.

The process for identifying rainforest and old growth forest as part of the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice was recently reviewed.

Page last updated: 04 September 2017