What is a PNF Plan?

In NSW, Private Native Forest (PNF) is regulated under Part 5B of the Local Land Services Act 2013. Before undertaking private native forest, landholders must obtain an approved Private Native Forestry Plan (PNF Plan) from Local Land Services (LLS).

As well as having an approved PNF Plan, private native forestry operations in NSW must comply with the relevant Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice (PNF Codes). The Private Native Forestry Codes of Practice are statutory documents that guide private native forest operations in NSW. They set minimum standards for harvesting forest in line with ecologically sustainable forest management and provide specific requirements for environmental protection.

There are four PNF Codes in NSW which are tailored to specific regions and forest types across NSW, including:

  • Northern NSW
  • Southern NSW
  • River Red Gum Forest; and
  • Cypress and Western Hardwood Forests.

Why do I need a PNF Plan?

A PNF Plan ensures an ecologically sustainable forest management plan is in place, mitigating habitat impact on plants, animals, soil and water. Once provided, it is valid for up to 15 years.

View the Local Land Services PNF Information Pack for further details.

How do I get a PNF Plan?

Sustainable Forest Management can take care of this process for you as a part of our complimentary service. 

Approval is usually a multi-stage process. Firstly, we apply for a DRAFT Private Native Forestry Plan on your behalf. Then Local Land Services perform a number of searches, including ownership; Threatened species; Threatened Ecological Communities; Wetlands; Old growth or Rainforest mapping; Aboriginal Cultural Heritage; Heritage Sites; Conservation Agreements; and Local Council Zones under the Local Environment Plans. Finally, once the PNF Plan has been approved, a Forest Operation Plan is produced and completed by one of Sustainable Forest Managements forest management contractors.

To get started, simply provide authority for us to apply on your behalf by reading and completing the DRAFT Private Native Forestry Plan.

What is a Forest Operation Plan?

A Forest Operation Plan (FOP) 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, we need to know your region or forest type to ensure we 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.

Who is responsible for the PNF plan?

The Local Land Services are responsible for the approval of PNF Plan applications. The Environmental Protection Agency are responsible for monitoring compliance within the PNF Plan approved area.

Where do I start?

If you are considering harvesting your timber, need a hand with a PNF Plan (Logging Approval), or just want some advice on what is best for your forest, contact Us today on 1300 FOREST. Alternatively, use our Contact Us form. We’d love to hear from you.

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