The EPA ensures native forests in NSW continue to provide valuable habitat for threatened plants and animals, and a sustainable timber supply for NSW, by working with industry on management plans, statutory safeguards and environmental strategies.
Native forestry: NSW overview
Native forests in NSW benefit the environment, the community and the economy, by containing valuable habitat for threatened plants, animals and ecological communities, and providing environmental services and a sustainable timber supply for NSW.
The NSW Government is reforming the native forestry regulatory framework to modernise native forestry regulation and ensure the long-term ecological sustainability of native forestry in NSW.
Mapping and research
The EPA conducted a series of mapping and research projects to improve knowledge of the location of threatened plants, animals and ecological communities in native forests in NSW.
About private native forestry
Private native forestry (PNF) is the management of native vegetation on private property for sustainable logging and timber production.
Private Native Forestry Code of Practice
The Private Native Forestry (PNF) Codes of Practice (the PNF Code) establish a regulatory framework for the sustainable management of forests, guiding private native forestry operations in NSW. They are the key document against which the EPA assesses compliance.
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.
Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs)
The EPA monitors compliance with Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs), which regulate environmental planning and assessment, protection of the environment and threatened species conservation in native forests on public land.