reports for individual crown forestry operations are available on the EPA's public register and in the compliance audit report register.
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
- the EPA risk matrix for non-compliances
- the Forestry Corporation of NSW's submission on the EPA’s draft audit
To identify cases of non-compliance, the EPA conducts audits and investigations of operations carried out by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) in regions covered by an IFOA, including coastal and western forests.
During 2017–18, the EPA inspected compliance of 21 forestry operations. The EPA issued FCNSW with:
- 22 advisory letters
- 3 formal warning letters
- 6 show cause letters
- 7 official cautions
- 1 clean up notice
Each compliance action may relate to a number of breaches.
The EPA also commenced two prosecutions in the Land and
Environment Court for impacts from logging in Glenbog and Badja State Forests. This resulted in a fine of $8000 being imposed by the court for failing to comply with the IFOA in Glenbog State Forest. The court did not record a conviction for the alleged breach of the IFOA in Badja State Forest.