Register of investigations

This register provides information on investigations into native forestry operations on State Forests prompted by community reports.

To make a report, contact the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 or info@epa.nsw.gov.au.

Only reports related to the on-ground conduct of logging operations on State Forests which in the opinion of the EPA warrant significant further enquiry and evidence collection are placed on the register. It includes investigations into native forestry operations that have been finalised or commenced since 1 January 2019. The register is not live and is updated by the EPA from time to time.

For information on reports not on the register, contact us on 131 555 or info@epa.nsw.gov.au.

The stages of an investigation are:

  1. Planning for investigation
  2. Collection and analysis of evidence
  3. Finalising investigation
  4. Regulatory decision made.

Stages 2 and 3 can take a significant period of time as the EPA must ensure that sufficient evidence has been collected to support a regulatory decision. More information can be found in Questions and Answers. 

The register of investigations into native forestry operations on State Forests that have been prompted by community reports has also been made available through a map viewer.

Report ID and date received Logging operation location Allegation category (applied by the EPA) Investigation stage Investigation outcome and completion date
12901-2019 
26 September 2019
Mogo State Forest -
Compartment 159

Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities

 

Alleged soil erosion and/or water pollution

2. Collection and analysis of evidence Underway 

12361-2019
6 September 2019

Braemar State Forest -
Compartments 6 & 7 
Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities  1. Planning for investigation  Underway 

I10153-2019
12 July 2019

Tantawangalo State Forest - Compartment 2407 Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities 2. Collection and analysis of evidence Underway

I09468-2019
12 July 2019

Tantawangalo State Forest - Compartment 2407

Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities

4. Regulatory decision made

16 August 2019

No further action - allegations found to either be: compliant or not able to be determined.

I08635-2019
18 June 2019
Mogo State Forest - Compartment 159 Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities 2. Collection and analysis of evidence
Underway
03097-2019
17 March 2019
Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 104, 105 & 106
Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities
2. Collection and analysis of evidence
Underway
03097-2019
26 February 2019
Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 104, 105 & 106
Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities
2. Collection and analysis of evidence
Underway
03097-2019
12 February 2019
Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 104, 105 & 106 Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities 2. Collection and analysis of evidence Underway
00724-2019
15 January 2019
Styx River State Forest -Compartments 552, 555, 556
& 562
Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities 4. Regulatory decision made

26 February 2019

No further action - allegations found to either be: compliant, not determined or remediated.

05702-2018
25 January 2018
Brother State Forest - Compartment 81 

Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological
communities

 

Alleged soil erosion and/or water pollution

4. Regulatory decision made

7 November 2019

Advisory letter relating to the protection of riparian exclusion zone and heath and scrub exclusion zone.

15674-2017
4 October 2017
Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 117 & 118

Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities

 

Alleged harm to animals and/or picking of plants

4. Regulatory decision made

2 April 2019

Formal warning relating to the selection of recruitment trees.

15674-2017
22 March  2017
Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 117 & 118

Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities

 

Alleged harm to animals and/or picking of plants

4. Regulatory decision made
Incorporated into the investigation outcome for the February 2017 investigation.
15674-2017
8 February 2017
Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 117 & 118

Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities

 

Alleged harm to animals and/or picking of plants

4. Regulatory decision made

25 January 2019

Official caution related to threatened species exclusion zone matters.

Formal warning related to habitat and recruitment tree matters.

15628-2016
22 November 2016
Tantawangalo State Forest -
Compartments 2425, 2427, 2430, 2432, 2433, 2434 & 2435
Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities 4. Regulatory decision made

15 February 2019

Formal warning relating to exclusion zones, protection of retained trees and IFOA reporting matters.

14945-2019
4 November 2019
Tantawangalo State Forest – Compartments 2400, 2402, 2403 Alleged damage to habitat of threatened species and/or ecological communities 2 - Collection and analysis of evidence Underway

 

Questions and Answers

What is the purpose of this register?

  • The register aims to keep community members who lodge reports with the EPA up to date on progress of EPA enquiries and investigations.

Why is my report not on the register?

  • The register houses a subset of community reports only.

  • Reports that raise concerns about Private Native Forestry Operations are not captured on the register.

  • Reports that do not relate to the on-ground conduct of a forestry operation and do not contain specific allegations of non-compliance with the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval are not captured on the register.

  • Reports that are resolved quickly through initial phone or in-field enquiries are also not captured on the register. This is because these reports are considered inquiries and due to the nature of the reports do not result in significant on-ground regulatory effort. 

What are the allegation categories and where do these categories come from?

  • The EPA broadly categorises allegations in community reports after a review of content. A number of categories may be applicable to any given report.
  • The allegation categories currently are:
    • Alleged harm to animals and/or picking of plants
    • Alleged damage to habitat of a threatened species and/or ecological communities
    • Alleged soil erosion and/or water pollution
  • The EPA uses its best endeavours to ensure the register adequate categorises the nature of the complaint. However, it does not warrant the accuracy of the categories and is not responsible for any loss suffered as a result of reliance on it.

  • New categories may be added from time to time or existing categories may change as the register develops.

What further information can I get about report progress?

  • While investigations are underway, the EPA will limit information about the detail and status of evidence collection or analysis to ensure the investigation remains independent.

  • However, the EPA will provide updates about any significant developments in the progress of investigations in a timely manner. These changes will be reflected in updates to the register.

  • When an investigation is completed, notification of the outcome from investigation is provided directly to the community member who lodged the report. The register will be updated accordingly.

Why is my report taking so long to investigate?

  • Investigations of native forestry operations can take significant time to finalise, often up to and beyond a year.

  • Investigations may involve several aspects including the collection of evidence, obtaining expert advice and obtaining legal advice.

  • The timeframes are dependent on the complexity and volume of allegations, and the scale of the forestry operation.

What kind of information is noted on the register?

  • The register is only intended to provide high-level information on allegations made by members of the public regarding logging operations on public forestry land. Allegations included in the register are prompted by reports made by members of the public to the EPA, which in the EPA’s opinion warrants significant further enquiry. They are not matters that have been proven or determined as requiring or being the subject of further regulatory action.
  • While the EPA endeavours to ensure that the content of the register is accurate, it does not warrant the accuracy of the register and is not responsible for any loss suffered as a result of reliance on it.

When an investigation is concluded what action can the EPA take?

  • After an investigation has concluded, the EPA determines the appropriate course of action, including whether regulatory action is warranted and if so what type of regulatory action is appropriate, in accordance with the EPA's Compliance Policy.

How can I make a report?

  • If you have any information about forestry operations on State Forests that do not appear to comply with the IFOA, please contact us on 131 555 or at info@epa.nsw.gov.au

  • Please ensure you include the following information:

    • State Forest
    • Compartment
    • Closest town
    • Date you observed the issue
    • Closest road, trail or log dump
    • GPS co-ordinates (if known), or diagram showing the location of the allegation
    • Details of your observation including as much identifying information as possible
    • Details of what you are alleging
    • Contact details, in case we need to obtain more information from you and to ensure we can advise you of the outcome of the inquiry or investigation.

What if I do not want my report included on the register?

  • Please notify us if you would prefer not to have allegations in your report included on this register when you are making a report.

     

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