Getting started in farm forestry

At Local Land Services, we provide assistance and advice to help you undertake a farm forestry operation.

We understand farmers and land managers want to manage their forests and farms for different values and outcomes.

We work with you to help you make a decision as to whether a Private Native Forestry Plan can help you achieve those outcomes.

If you choose to proceed with obtaining a Private Native Forestry Plan, we then work with you to make that happen.

Where can farm forestry occur?

Farm forestry can be conducted in native forests on private land. Areas of environmental significance and heritage value are excluded from private native forestry, such as:

  • mapped old growth forest
  • rainforest
  • riparian buffers
  • Aboriginal heritage objects and places.

Planning a forestry operation

Landholders need an approved Private Native Forestry Plan to harvest timber from native forests on their land.

Find out how to apply for a Private Native Forestry Plan.

Once a Private Native Forestry plan is in place, landholders and contractors must meet the requirements of the relevant Private Native Forestry Code of Practice. This includes the need to complete a Forest Management Plan before undertaking forestry operations.

For access to information on getting started in farm forestry, including links to advisory notes, guides and training clips, visit our resources page.

To find out more about what you need to do before you can begin a forestry operation, please call us on 1300 795 299 or email

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