About public native forestry

Native forestry operations on public land are mostly undertaken in NSW state forests and include timber harvesting and thinning, constructing access roads, burning, grazing and other associated activities.

The EPA is responsible for regulating native forestry operations on public (Crown) land as well as native forestry operations on private land in NSW

Forestry operations on Crown land are managed by the Forestry Corporation of NSW.

The terms and conditions of all forestry operations, including logging, are set out in integrated forestry operations approvals, and apply to anyone carrying out forestry operations in state forests and on other Crown-timber land.

NSW forest assessments

The Forestry Act 2012 provides for assessment of the natural, economic and social values of native forests and their timber resources. The NSW forest assessment process has resulted in

  • detailed studies of forest resources and forest values
  • over 1.8 million hectares of new national parks and more than 500,000 hectares of informal reserves being created in NSW
  • security of timber supply for industry and creation of new jobs
  • funding for industry development assistance and restructure
  • ecologically sustainable forest management enshrined in legislation

This map identifies the forestry regions of NSW, which are covered by separate forestry approvals. In coastal regions, public native forests are subject to NSW forest agreements and regional forest agreements with the Commonwealth.

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