There are a range of resources available to help landholders and forestry contractors conduct private native forestry operations. These include

  • private native forestry advisory notes
  • endangered ecological communities identification guides
  • private native forestry training clips

Managing private native forest following bushfire

We have recently published a guide for managing private native forest once a bushfire emergency has passed.  The fact sheet is aimed at assisting landholders who have current PNF Plans, as well as harvesting contractors.

Fact sheet - Managing private native forestry and bushfire

For more information please see our Bushfire Assistance page, or contact your nearest Private Native Forestry Officer.

Private native forestry field guides

Each of the four private native forestry codes of practice (Northern NSW, Southern NSW, River Red Gum and Cypress and Western Hardwoods) is accompanied by a field guide to assist private native forestry practitioners conduct operations in accordance with the Code.

The field guides include information on planning and undertaking forestry operations, environmental management, forest infrastructure, and the tools available to manage your forest.

Silvicultural guidelines - private native forestry code of practice

Silviculture is the practice and science of forest management. The guidelines aim to give landholders, land managers and private native forestry contractors an understanding of:

  • the forest types found in NSW
  • the ecological basis of silvicultural practice
  • important silvicultural procedures
  • social and economic factors that influence silvicultural practice
  • silvicultural practice
  • silvicultural attributes of the major forest types.

The use of these guidelines and the optimum silvicultural regime for any given forest depend on many factors, including management intent, nature of the local industry, economic considerations, forest type and species present, and the condition and structure of the forest.

Silvicultural guidelines: Private Native Forestry Code of Practice. PDF, 12550.78 KB

Private native forestry advisory notes

The Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice state that certain forest features such as habitat trees, wetlands, old growth and rainforest must be protected from potential harm caused by forestry operations. The advisory notes provide advice and guidance on how to ensure these features are protected and conserved.

These advisory notes have been prepared to help landholders and forestry contractors apply the requirements of the Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice. These notes provide information on threatened species, cultural heritage and biodiversity.

You can access the advisory notes on the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) website.

Endangered ecological communities identification guides

Endangered ecological communities (EEC) identification guidelines have been developed to assist landholders and contractors identify EECs in the field. The guidelines provide information on characteristic tree species, locations and other key features and are intended to supplement the detailed Scientific Committee Final Determination on EECs.

EEC identification guidelines relevant to private native forestry can be accessed on the EPA website.

In addition, the EPA's threatened ecological communities (TEC) mapping project produced detailed technical reports of 18 TECs in coastal forests, which can be used to assist identification in the field.

Private native forestry training clips

There are also a number of training clips and a DVD for landholders, contractors and other stakeholders interested in private native forestry. These resources are intended to provide information that will help protect the environment and forest health during private native forestry operations.

The introductory series provides an overview of the legal framework underpinning private native forestry in NSW. It introducing the Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice, which set environmental and operational standards for timber harvesting on private land.

The technical series expands on the concepts in the introductory clips with more technical information to help landholders and harvesting contractors apply the Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice.

More information on the video clips can be found on the EPA website.

DPI Forest Science - private native forestry

The NSW Department of Primary Industries - Forest Science provides expert research and industry development services to the forestry sector. There are a number of papers relating to private native forestry including research on:

  • planning and regulatory instruments that interact with private native forestry
  • the condition of private native forests
  • landholders' attitudes, knowledge and intentions in relation to private native forestry.

Access the DPI Forest Science page.

On-ground examples of private native forestry

These case studies show how landholders, foresters, contractors, the timber industry and Local Land Services work together in private native forestry.

One example is the Hurford Group of timber-related businesses and the Hurford family's property, Warrazambil which has a Private Native Forestry Plan on it.  Private native forestry plays a critical role in Hurford's operations.

A second example is Pine Ridge, where landholder Norm Arkell, has a mixed farming enterprise including private native forestry, which helps to provide an additional income stream, which is particularly important in times of drought.

Note: New legislative arrangements have commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on related publications may now be outdated.

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