Koperberg Private Logging Legislation Rushed through

 Phil Koperberg - NSW Environment MinisterPrivate Native ForestryCode of Practice: Private Native Forestry Private native forestry is the sustainable logging of native vegetation on private property.

Amendments to the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005 that commenced on 1 August 2007 regulate native forestry operations on private land, bringing these activities under the Native Vegetation Act 2003. This means that a private native forestry property vegetation plan (PNF PVP) will now be required to carry out forestry operations on private land. This is a different type of PVP to the one required to clear native vegetation.  A PNF PVP will require harvesting operations to be carried out in a way that ensures environmental outcomes are improved or maintained.

Previously, such operations were exempt from the Native Vegetation Act 2003 as an interim arrangement until a Code of Practice was developed. On 1 August 2007, the NSW Government introduced a Code of Practice which sets minimum operating standards for private native forestry that satisfy the requirements of the Native Vegetation Act 2003.  The Code applies to four areas of the State:

Forests in Northern NSW

Forests in Southern NSW

River Red Gum forests

Cypress and Western Hardwood forests.

Previously, private native forestry on State protected land required consent under the Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997 and before that the Soil Conservation Act 1938. All other private native forestry operations on private land did not require consent.

With the commencement of the Code on 1 August 2007, landholders with existing forestry operations not covered by an existing consent must notify the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) of their operation. This can be done by phone, email, fax or letter, and must by done by 31 August 2007.

Contact Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) on 131 555

email:   pnf@environment.nsw.gov.au

fax (02) 6641 6643

For landholders with consents covering their existing forestry operations you should visit the DECC website or contact DECC on 131 555 to find out how the new Code applies to you.

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