Private native forestry plans and forest operation plans

We work with landholders who want to conduct private native forestry to guide them through the approval process.

Once an approval (Private Native Forestry Plan) has been obtained, our staff provide information and advice to help landholders, consultants and contractors develop a Forest Operation Plan in line with the relevant Private Native Forestry Code of Practice for their region.

About Private Native Forestry Plans

A Private Native Forestry Plan is an approval to undertake private native forestry for a period of up to 15 years. The plan contains:

  • a satellite image or aerial photograph of your property which identifies where you can conduct forestry and the areas that must be protected such as rainforest, old-growth forest, threatened species habitat and drainage features
  • an agreement that outlines your rights and responsibilities under the relevant Private Native Forestry Code of Practice.

Contact your nearest Private Native Forestry Officer to discuss the process of preparing 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 Operation Plan before undertaking private native forestry operations.

About Forest Operation Plans

A Forest Operation Plan describes the proposed forestry operations within your Private Native Forestry Plan area.

The Forest Operation Plan includes a map and a written section describing the forest and proposed harvest and management activities.

We provide a Forest Operation Plan template to help with this. A signed copy of the Forest Operation Plan must be available on site during forestry operations.

Before starting your Forest Operation Plan, you need to know your region or forest type to ensure you understand the relevant environmental and operating conditions.

The Forest Operation Plan map, template and guidelines will be provided with a Private Native Forestry Plan approved by Local Land Services.

The Forest Operation Plan templates, field guides and guidelines are designed to help you complete a Private Native Forestry Plan and are available in the table below.*

Code areaWord template (Word document to be saved, completed electronically, printed and signed)PDF template (PDF document to be printed, filled in by hand and signed)Field GuidesGuidelines
Northern NSWForest Operation Plan for Northern NSW DOCX, 754.6 KBForest Operation Plan for Northern NSW PDF, 452.76 KBForest Operation Plan Field Guides for Northern NSW PDF, 21430.55 KBForest Operation Plan Guidelines for Northern NSW PDF, 452.76 KB
Southern NSWForest Operation Plan for Southern NSW DOCX, 216.54 KBForest Operation Plan for Southern NSW PDF, 766.61 KBForest Operation Plan Field Guides for Southern NSW PDF, 21608.8 KBForest Operation Plan Guidelines for Southern NSW PDF, 766.61 KB
Cypress and Western Hardwood ForestsForest Operation Plan for Cypress and Western Hardwood Forests DOCX, 225.16 KBForest Operation Plan for Cypress and Western Hardwood Forests PDF, 729.73 KBForest Operation Plan Field Guides for Cypress and Western Hardwood Forests PDF, 22726.26 KBForest Operation Plan Guidelines for Cypress and Western Hardwood Forests PDF, 729.73 KB
River Red Gum ForestsForest Operation Plan for River Red Gum Forests DOCX, 219.52 KBForest Operation Plan for River Red Gum Forests PDF, 742.56 KBForest Operation Plan Field Guides for River Red Gum Forests PDF, 22666.37 KBForest Operation Plan Guidelines for River Red Gum Forests PDF, 742.56 KB

* Please note that some references on related publications may now be outdated as new legislative arrangements have commenced for private native forestry.

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