Overview of native forestry in NSW
The native forests of NSW are one of our most valuable assets, benefitting the community, wildlife, and the economy. Here are the ways we work with all of NSW to protect them.
Regulating native forestry
We regulate native forestry operations on both public and private land in NSW. Our compliance program aims to protect the environment while enabling the sustainable supply of native timber.
Our response to complaints in closed State Forests
NSW State Forests are sometimes lawfully closed for a range of reasons, especially safety concerns. EPA officers may enter closed forests to carry out regulatory actions.
Bushfire affected forestry operations
More than 40% of the coastal and tablelands native State Forests in NSW were burnt in the 2019-20 bushfires.
Find out about our precautionary approach to forestry in bushfire-affected forests.
Mapping and research
Read our koala habitat and occupancy mapping and threatened ecological communities mapping research
Private native forestry
Private native forestry (PNF) is the management of native vegetation on private property for sustainable logging and timber production.
Public native forestry
Native forestry on public land is mostly in state forests, and includes timber harvesting and thinning, constructing access roads, burning, grazing, and other activities.
Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals
IFOAs set environmental rules for how forestry operations can be carried out in State Forests and Crown Timber Lands in NSW.
Learn how we inspect and regulate these operations.