Register of investigations

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

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.

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. 

2021 investigations

last updated 17 February 2021

Report ID and date received Logging operation location Allegation category (applied by the EPA) Investigation stage Investigation outcome and completion date

I00815-2021
12 January 2021

Myrtle -
Compartment 10

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

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

2020 investigations

Report ID and date received Logging operation location Allegation category (applied by the EPA) Investigation stage Investigation outcome and completion date

I19142-2020
31 December 2020

Mogo -
Compartment 173

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

1. Planning for investigation

 

I16609-2020
09 November 2020

Ballengarra – Compartment 7, 8, 9

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

Alleged soil erosion and/or water pollution

1. Planning for investigation

 

I16614-2020
09 November 2020

Conglomerate State Forest -
Compartment 18

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

4. Regulatory decision made.

16 November 2020
EPA not the ARA - referred onwards

I16254-2020
01 November 2020

South Brooman -
Compartment 58A

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

 

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I16263-2020
01 November 2020

South Brooman -
Compartment 58A

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

 

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I15257-2020
12 October 2020

South Brooman State Forest -
Compartment 58A

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

4. Regulatory decision made.

21 October 2020
No action taken - no non-compliances were identified

I14134-2020
18 September 2020

Bago State Forest -
Compartments 23A, 26A

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

4. Regulatory decision made.

04 December 2020
Resolved through discussion and/or correspondence.

I13355-2020
02 September 2020

South Brooman -
Compartment 58A

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

3. Finalising investigation

 

I12880-2020
24 August 2020

Mogo -
Compartment 174

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

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I12751-2020
20 August 2020

Ballengarra State Forest

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

4. Regulatory decision made.

03 September 2020
No action - no non-compliances were identified

I12564-2020
17 August 2020

Yambulla -
Compartment 423

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

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I11778-2020
03 August 2020

Mogo -
Compartment 173

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

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I11695-2020
03 August 2020

Mogo - Compartment 173

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

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I10598-2020
13 July 2020

Mogo - Compartment 161

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

2. Collection and analysis of evidence

 

I09715-2020
25 June 2020

South Brooman -
Compartment 58A

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

3. Finalising investigation

 

I09061-2020
15 June 2020

South Brooman -
Compartment 58A

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

3. Finalising investigation

 

I07642-2020
14 May 2020

Comboyne State Forest - Compartment 145

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

4. Regulatory decision made.

03 August 2020
Inspection conducted, compliant, Letter from local member responded to and reporter informed

I06585-2020
27 April 2020

Mogo State Forest -
Compartment 174

Alleged soil erosion and/or water pollution

4. Regulatory decision made.

05 May 2020
No action taken - no non-compliances were identified

I04130-2020
17 March 2020

Styx River State Forest -
Compartments 540, 541, 542

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

4. Regulatory decision made.

22 September 2020
No action taken - no non-compliances were identified

I02163-2020
12 February 2020

Bodalla State Forest -

Compartment 3006

Alleged soil erosion and/or water pollution

4. Regulatory decision made.

13 August 2020
No action taken - no non-compliances were identified

2019 investigations

Report ID and date received Logging operation location Allegation category (applied by the EPA) Investigation stage Investigation outcome and completion date

14945-2019
4November 2019

Tantawangalo State Forest – Compartments 2400, 2402, 2403

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

4. Regulatory decision made

28 April 2020

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

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

4. Regulatory decision made

4 February 2020

No further action - no non-compliances were identified

12361-2019
6 September 2019

Braemar State Forest -
Compartments 6 & 7

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

4. Regulatory decision made

28 August 2020

No further action - Operations suspended indefinitely

I10153-2019
12 July 2019

Tantawangalo State Forest - Compartment 2407

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

4. Regulatory decision made

23 April 2020

Penalty notices issued in response to failure to mark adequate trees for retention and to mark the boundary of an environmentally sensitive area (Powerful Owl)

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

3. Finalising investigation

 

03097-2019
12 February 2019

Gibberagee State Forest -Compartments 104, 105 & 106

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

4. Regulatory decision made

24 September 2020

Advisory letter relating to the selection of recruitment trees, and Koala Intermediate use Area identification

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.

Pre-2019 investigations

This table shows native forestry operations investigations in State Forests that commenced prior to 1st of January 2019 and were competed after 1st of Janauary 2019.

Report ID and date received Logging operation locationh Allegation category (applied by the EPA) Investigation stage Investigation outcome and completion date

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

25 January 2019

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
22November 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.

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. Only reports that result in significant on-ground regulatory effort are included in the register. 

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 adequately 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.

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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