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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 It should be noted that some references on the EPA's website and any publications may now be outdated.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 changes can be found here.
If you are a landholder wishing for a re-assessment of your land, take
the following steps.
Step 1: Contact
your local EPA office to find out who to
work with on your request
Step 2: Provide
evidence to support your request
Evidence should prove that these areas have been disturbed, and may
- photographs of logging disturbance
- logging records
- other evidence of disturbance history
Step 3: EPA follows
the procedure in the protocols to assess the property
If the EPA is satisfied with the evidence, it will follow the procedure
in the protocol for the type of forest in dispute. See
reassessment is conducted by specialists from the Office of Environment and
Heritage and includes
- an aerial photographic imaging assessment of the
property using the latest available imagery
- field work including cruise sampling and field
that generally the entire property will be assessed to ensure EPA records are
out how the EPA identifies old growth forest and rainforest.
The assessment is recorded in the public register
The assessment is finalised
on the results of the assessment, the EPA will either
- change the map to show the revised areas of
rainforest and old growth forest
- leave the map as it is
EPA will send the map to the landholder with the PNF plan.
Decide how to proceed
you agree with the EPA’s final assessment, you may sign the PNF plan and
you do not agree with the EPA’s final assessment, you may end the process and
not conduct private native forestry operations on your land.