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Private Native Forestry Review

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

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 leading the Private Native Forestry Review in collaboration with the NSW Environment Protection Authority and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

PNF Review Terms of Reference

The PNF Review Terms of Reference provides a framework for the PNF Review. They set out the scope and objectives of the PNF Review and outline the consultation process and proposed timeline for making new PNF Codes of Practice.

We released the Terms of Reference for the Private Native Forestry Review on 22 November 2018 for an eight week  public submission period. The call for submissions was extended to  15 February 2019 at the request of stakeholders.

We sought feedback 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.

We received a strong response to the release of the PNF Review Terms of Reference with 204 submissions in total. All submissions have been published, except for those marked as confidential.

An independent consultant was engaged to review the submissions and prepare a Submissions Review Report. The Submissions Review Report is publicly available on our website.

The submissions provided valuable feedback on the PNF Review from across the community. They will be considered in all parts of the Review including the review of the PNF Codes of Practice.

The next step in the PNF Review is the development of new PNF Codes of Practice that are clear and easier to use, and in line with ecologically sustainable forest management.

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 tree growth and cultivation practices, forest management and environmental practices of Private Native Forestry harvesting and transportation contractors.
  1. Increase landholder engagement and community confidence in Private Native Forestry, including enhancing landholder and Private Native Forestry industry understanding of tree growth and cultivation practices and forest management, modern business practices and the Private Native Forestry regulatory framework.
  2. 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 PNF Codes of Practice (Northern NSW, Southern NSW, River Red Gum forests and Cypress and western hardwood forests)

2. Consider and develop options for:

a)  Establishing efficient and effective regulatory settings

b)  Developing an effective training and accreditation program for PNF haulage and harvest contractors

c)   Enhancing landholder knowledge and community acceptance of the PNF industry.

Consistent with 1) and 2) above the outcomes of this review are to:

a)  Develop PNF Codes of Practice that are streamlined, clear and easier to use and enforce, and support social, environmental and economic sustainability in line with ecologically sustainable forest management.

b)  Make recommendation to NSW Government on options to improve the PNF system as outlined in 2) above.

The PNF Review Terms of Reference can be found at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/pnforestry.

How can I have my say?

The first round of submissions on the Private Native Forestry Terms of Reference closed on 15 February 2019 and have been reviewed. We are not currently seeking submissions but there will be further opportunities to have your say when the new draft Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice are released on public exhibition later in 2019.

Resources

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

You can read the PNF Review Terms of Reference Submission Review Report here.

You can find submissions received on the Private Native Forestry Review Terms of Reference here.

You can find a copy of the Private Native Forestry Review Frequently Asked Questions PDF, 145.3 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.