We regulate the native forestry industry in NSW. Learn about how we maintain the quality of soils and water, our work to protect precious habitat for our native wildlife, and how we enforce the rules for sustainable timber production.
Native forestry: NSW overview
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.
EPA response to complaints in closed State Forests
NSW State Forests are sometimes lawfully closed for a range of reasons, especially safety concerns.
Bushfire-affected forestry operations
We have established additional protections for bushfire-affected forests. View a list of our site-specific operating conditions for different areas, and learn how they protect our wildlife, habitats, soils and water.
Mapping and research
Read our research projects and publications – on koala habitat mapping and more.
About public native forestry
Native forestry on public land happens mostly in state forests, and includes timber harvesting and thinning, constructing access roads, burning, grazing, and other activities. The Forestry Corporation of NSW manages these operations, and we regulate them.
Private native forestry
Private native forestry (PNF) is the management of native vegetation on private property for sustainable logging and timber production. Learn how the EPA regulates this area, and about recent changes to the framework.
Everything you need to know about recent changes to how native forestry is managed and regulated in NSW.
Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice
The Private Native Forestry (PNF) Codes of Practice (the PNF Codes) establish a regulatory framework for the sustainable management of forests, guiding private native forestry operations in NSW. The PNF Codes are the key documents against which the EPA assesses compliance for native forestry operations on private land.
Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs)
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. We inspect these operations to make sure they are following the rules, and can take action if they are not.