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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Native forestry

Regulating native forestry on public land

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is responsible for regulating native forestry operations on public (Crown) land as well as native forestry operations on private land in NSW.

Native forestry operations on public land are mostly undertaken in NSW state forests and include timber harvesting and thinning, the construction of access roads, burning, grazing and other associated activities.

EPA regulation

The EPA monitors Forestry Corporation of NSW compliance with environmental conditions to ensure that native forestry harvesting operations are carried out according to the rules set by integrated forestry operations approvals (IFOAs). Compliance results are reported each year.

The EPA aims to identify good and poor forestry practices during regular proactive audit work.

The EPA also conducts investigations when non-compliances are identified. The EPA regularly responds to a range of questions and concerns raised by the community, some of which result in detailed investigations.

The EPA regulatory program includes:

  • periodic review of a compliance strategy
  • the development of guidelines and procedures for forestry operators
  • assessing compliance of forestry operations in state forests  including  targeted audits and investigations, as well as responding to incidents reported by the community
  • monitoring and reporting on compliance with the conditions in IFOAs
  • education and training activities for stakeholders.

EPA staff have expertise in environment protection, threatened species, soil, water, policy and regulation. They work closely with specialists in Indigenous culture and heritage, science and ecology, and legal services to audit compliance with IFOAs.


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Page last updated: 19 May 2016