Native forestry compliance update

The EPA regulates compliance of native forestry with legislation on both private and public land to protect the environment and ensure logging operations are sustainable.

Compliance audit reports for individual crown forestry operations are available on the EPA's public register and in the compliance audit report register

Audit reports summarise the EPA's findings against the relevant Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) for a specific forestry operation. Each audit report contains

  • an audit findings table with details and explanations of compliances and non-compliances, and where the EPA could not determine compliance with audited conditions
  • the EPA risk matrix for non-compliances
  • the Forestry Corporation of NSW's submission on the EPA’s draft audit findings

In 2015-16, the EPA completed 14 audits and 23 investigations of Forestry Corporation of NSW operations in regions covered by an IFOA, including coastal and western forests. The audits and investigations identified

  • 29 non-compliances with environment protection licences
  • 190 non-compliances with threatened species licences.

During 2015–16, the EPA issued the Forestry Corporation with

  • 56 requests to develop and implement audit action plans to prevent recurrence of non-compliance incidences and minimise the risk of future environmental incidents
  • 1 formal warning
  • 6 ‘show cause’ letters
  • 11 official cautions
  • 2 clean up notices
  • 2 penalty notices in relation to identified breaches

Each warning letter may refer to a number of breaches.

The EPA also commenced prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court for impacts from logging in Glenbog and Badja state forests.

Pie chart showing 2015-16 regulatory actions: Crown forestry

Non-compliances found and reported by the EPA against the relevant IFOA for a specific forestry operation in 2015-2016 included

  • 29 non-compliances with environment protection licences
  • 9 non-compliances with section 120 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act
  • 190 non-compliances with threatened species licences
  • 3 non-compliances with the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Pie hart showing 2015-16 non-compliances: Crown forestry 

During 2015–16 the EPA conducted compliance audits in the following IFOA regions

  • 3 audits in the upper north east region
  • 8 audits in the lower north east region
  • 1 audit in the southern region
  • 2 audits in the south western cypress region

Pie chart showing 2015-16 crown forestry audits per region

During 2015-2016, the EPA undertook 82 compliance monitoring inspections and 5 audits and investigations of private native forestry operations. Following these, the EPA issued

  • 1 formal warning
  • 5 show causes
  • 1 remedial direction
  • 5 official cautions
  • 6 penalty notices

Pie chart showing 2015-16 regulatory actions: Private native forestry 

The table below provides an overview of the number of private native forestry information packs provided by the EPA to landowners and the number of private native forestry property vegetation plans (PVPs) approved in NSW.

Year

PNF Packs Issued

PNF PVPs Issued

2010–11

766

444

2011–12

629

486

2012–13

469

354

2013–14

370

286

2014-15

418

222

2015-16

494

339

 

Bar chart showing private native forestry approvals

 

Pie chart showing 2015-16 regulatory actions

2015-2016

Crown

PNF

Total

Advisory letter

NA

17

17

Implement audit action plan

56

0

56

Formal warning

1

1

2

Show cause

6

5

11

Official cautions

11

5

16

Clean Up notice/remedial direction

2

1

3

Penalty notice

2

6

8

Prosecutions commenced

2

0

2

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