EPA marks International Day of Forests with compliance operations across NSW
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is marking the 2017 International Day of Forests this week by undertaking compliance operations in the Tallaganda and Tantawagalo State Forests on the NSW Southern Tablelands and South Coast.
EPA Director of Forestry Michael Hood said the EPA plays an important role in ensuring logging operations in native forests are sustainable, and can continue to support environmental, social and economic values for current and future generations.
“Native forests provide clean water, healthy wildlife habitats and regional employment for communities all across NSW. The EPA’s logging rules are in place to protect these,” said Mr Hood.
“Between January and March this year, the EPA has already been on-site at 18 forestry operations, on both public and private land, to ensure correct practices are being followed.
“Our aim is to target high risk operations where there are important values to be protected, such as rivers and streams, or threatened ecological communities or species, such as koalas.”
Additional compliance operations will be undertaken on the NSW North Coast after heavy rain in the area passes.
The EPA works with other government agencies to protect native forests, water ways and the environment.
The EPA’s Forestry Branch has officers based in Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Sydney, Queanbeyan and Deniliquin. The officers carry out audits, targeted compliance assessments and investigations. They also respond to complaints from members of the community.
The community plays an important role in helping the EPA monitor illegal logging. If you have knowledge of a particular incident, report it to the Environment Line on 131 555. Environment Line reports are confidential and can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information about the EPA’s role in regulating forestry in NSW please click here