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Private Native Forestry Review

The NSW Government’s vision is that NSW will have a sustainably managed forest estate which continues to support regional economies and delivers social and environmental benefits.

The NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap was released in August 2016 and outlines a strategic action plan to build a stronger, more competitive and ecologically sustainable forestry industry.

Private Native Forestry is the sustainable management of native forests on private property for timber production. It is a key resource for the NSW Forest Industry and an important land management option for many landholders.

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.

The NSW Government has released the Terms of Reference for the Private Native Forestry Review.

The NSW Government is seeking your comments on how the Private Native Forestry Review can meet the objectives and scope set out in the Private Native Forestry Terms of Reference.

Consultation is open from 22 November 2018 to 31 January 2019.

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?

There will be further opportunities to have your say when the new draft Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice are on public exhibition in 2019.

We encourage you to have your say by making a submission. To make a submission you can;

Fill out the submission form Online.

Email your submission to: pnf.info@lls.nsw.gov.au

Fax your submission to: 02 6562 7693

Post your submission to:

Private Native Forestry Review, Locked Bag 6013, ORANGE NSW 2800

Submissions close 31 January 2019.

All submissions will be published unless marked confidential.

For more information, contact us on 1300 778 080

Resources

You can find a full copy of the Private Native Forestry Review Terms of Reference PDF, 36.07 KB here

You can find a copy of the Private Native Forestry Review Frequently Asked Questions PDF, 149.34 KB here.

You can find a copy of the existing Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice here.

You can find a copy of Local Land Services Act 2013 here.

Read more about the announcement here.

Background

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).

New laws commenced on 9 November 2018 to improve and streamline the management of NSW’s native forest estate.  These laws, the Forestry Legislation Amendment Act 2018, integrates Private Native Forestry into the Local Land Services Act 2013, which provides a single Act to oversee land management and delivers improved flexibility to landholders who engage in Private Native Forestry. It also amends the Forestry Act 2012 to establish a more streamlined, credible and robust framework for regulating native forestry on public land.

The Private Native Forestry Review will consider the Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice, the rules and regulation that govern Private Native Forestry, the Private Native Forestry authorisation process and system, and Private Native Forestry training and advice services.

Objectives of the Private Native Forestry Review

The objectives of the Private Native Forestry Review are to:

  1. Support a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable forest industry in line with ecologically sustainable forest management.
  2. Ensure the regulatory settings and requirements are efficient, outcomes focused, enforceable, risk-responsive, reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and reflect best practice.
  3. Recognise key differences between forestry operations on public and private land, including in the application of protocols, codes, standards and other instruments.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

  1. 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
  2. Consider and develop options that improve the Private Native Forestry system including:
    1. 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.
    2. Developing an effective training and accreditation program for Private Native Forestry haulage and harvest contractors.
    3. 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.
  3. Consistent with 1) and 2) above the outcomes of this review are to:
    1. 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
    2. Make recommendation to NSW Government on options to improve the Private Native Forestry system as outlined in 2) above.