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Private Native Forest Old Growth and Rainforest Assessment Public Register

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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 It should be noted that some references on the EPAs website and any publications may now be outdated.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 PNF Assessment Public Register (XLS 62KB) provides information on the outcome of each old growth and rainforest assessment, while protecting personal information. Individual cases are listed on the register once a PNF plan has been approved.

What are the register categories?

Area of property assessed
The assessed area of a property may exceed the area proposed for private native forest (PNF) operations, as well as the area previously mapped, and usually includes the entire property.

Updated area (PNF old growth and PNF rainforest)
This is the area resulting from assessing the property using the PNF Old Growth or Rainforest Protocol, which has been confirmed as old growth or rainforest. These areas are excluded from PNF operations under the provisions of the PNF Code of Practice.

Indicated area
For the PNF Code of Practice, map layers were specifically derived from the Comprehensive Regional Assessment Forestry Type Inventory structural mapping program of the mid-1990s. They are used to indicate likely areas where old growth or rainforest may occur.

The percentage change figure is calculated by comparing the total area currently mapped on the property and the indicated area previously mapped. These figures can only be finalised at the time of PVP approval.

Note: Cases marked with an asterisk (*) in previous versions of the Register have been deleted because the PVP for that property was incomplete. A PVP may be incomplete for a range of reasons including:

  • the old growth and rainforest assessment is still in progress
  • the PNF plan is being finalised
  • the application for a PNF plan has not been finalised by the applicant or the property was sold before completion.
Page last updated: 06 September 2017