Private Native Forestry Review
The NSW Government is providing all members of the community the opportunity to improve the way the NSW private forest estate is managed through a review of Private Native Forestry. The Private Native Forestry Review seeks to balance the sustainable development of the private native timber and agricultural industries while recognising the environmental values of the private native forest estate.
We are interested in your views on what is currently working well in the management of Private Native Forestry and what can be improved, including:
- the Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice,
- the rules and regulations that govern Private Native Forestry,
- the process of authorisation, and
- Private Native Forestry training and advisory services.
Local Land Services will be leading the review of Private Native Forestry in collaboration with the NSW Environment Protection Authority and NSW Department of Primary Industries.
How can I have my say?
The first round of submissions have been collected and are being reviewed. We are not currently seeking submissions but there will be further opportunities to have your say when the draft Codes are released.
To make a submission you can;
Fill out the submission form Online.
Email your submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax your submission to: 02 6562 7693
Post your submission to:
Private Native Forestry Review, Locked Bag 6013, ORANGE NSW 2800
The first round of submissions closed 15 February 2019.
All submissions will be published unless marked confidential.
You can find a copy of the Private Native Forestry Review Frequently Asked Questions PDF, 149.34 KB here.
The NSW Government is undertaking a review of Private Native Forestry consistent with broader forestry and land management reforms including the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel’s recommendations, the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap and the recently passed Forestry Legislation Amendment Act 2018.
Private Native Forestry is part of the broader land management framework and in 2014 the Government commissioned an independent review of biodiversity, native vegetation and threatened species legislation in NSW. The NSW Government accepted all 43 recommendations of the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel’s (Independent Panel) report, including Recommendation 7, which recommended a review of regulatory arrangements for timber harvesting on private land.
In 2016, the NSW Government confirmed in the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap that it would address the Independent Panel’s recommendation and commence a review into PNF in 2018. The Roadmap recommended a triple bottom line approach to achieving social, environmental and economic sustainability (in line with existing government commitments to ecologically sustainable forest management).
Objectives of the Private Native Forestry Review
- Support a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable forest industry in line with ecologically sustainable forest management.
- Ensure the regulatory settings and requirements are efficient, outcomes focused, enforceable, risk-responsive, reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and reflect best practice.
- Recognise key differences between forestry operations on public and private land, including in the application of protocols, codes, standards and other instruments.
- Operate in a fair and consistent framework, addressing the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel’s recommendations, including considering potential options for:
- regulating sustainable forestry operations based on their scale and intensity
- improving silviculture, forest management and environmental practices of Private Native Forestry harvesting and haulage contractors
- Increase landholder engagement and community confidence in Private Native Forestry, including enhancing landholder and Private Native Forestry industry understanding of silviculture and forest management, contemporary business practices and the Private Native Forestry regulatory framework.
- Develop Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice that are clear and easier to use and support social, environmental and economic sustainability in line with ecological sustainable forest management.
Scope of the Private Native Forestry Review
The scope of the Private Native Forestry Review is to:
- Review the current Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice (Northern NSW, Southern NSW, River Red Gum forests and Cypress and western hardwood forests) in the context of the:
- Forestry Legislation Amendment Act 2018 and subsequent amendments to the Local Land Services Act 2013 and Regulation (including objects of the new Part 5B)
- NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap
- Recommendations of the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel
- National Forest Policy Statement
- Regional Forest Agreements
- Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 and Land Management Framework
- Consider and develop options that improve the Private Native Forestry system including:
- Establishing efficient and effective regulatory settings that:
- Reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and take a risk based approach to sustainable private native operations with a focus on outcomes rather process
- Improves the Private Native Forestry authorisation processes and systems
- Ensure environmental values are recognised and appropriately managed during Private Native Forestry operations
- Ensure Aboriginal cultural heritage and non-aboriginal cultural heritage values are recognised and appropriately managed during Private Native Forestry operations.
- Developing an effective training and accreditation program for Private Native Forestry haulage and harvest contractors.
- Enhancing landholder knowledge and community acceptance of the Private Native Forestry industry, including
- The value of sensitive and important environmental assets
- The composition, size and value of the native timber industry and native timber products
- Landholders and the Private Native Forestry industry awareness of best practice silviculture and forest management, contemporary business practices and the Private Native Forestry regulatory framework through an effective and consistent extension program.
- Establishing efficient and effective regulatory settings that:
- Consistent with 1) and 2) above the outcomes of this review are to:
- Develop Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice that are streamlined, clear and easier to use and enforce, and support social, environmental and economic sustainability in line with ecological sustainable forest management
- Make recommendation to NSW Government on options to improve the Private Native Forestry system as outlined in 2) above.