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New Guidelines for Private Native Forestry in Northern New South Wales Completed

The New South Wales Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) recently printed a Field Guide for Private Native Forestry (PNF) in Northern NSW. This guide (written by PF Olsen Australia under contract with DECCW) is designed to help forest owners and harvesting contractors understand their requirements according to the PNF Code of Practice for Northern NSW.

The guide covers forest operations planning and execution, environmental management, forest infrastructure (roads, crossings, log landings), plus some basic information on mapping, measuring trees, and assessing regeneration. There are many diagrams in the guide and the wording avoids technical jargon wherever possible (a glossary is also included). The aim of the guide is to interpret a complex Code of Practice and provide guidance for anyone wanting to conduct or manage private native forestry in NSW.

Due to differences with forest type and geographic region, there are four Codes of Practice for PNF operations in NSW. Guides for the other three Regions (Southern NSW, River Red Gum Forests, and Cypress and Western Hardwood Forests) are nearing completion and will be available (both online and in printed booklet form) within the next few months.

The guide for Northern NSW can be downloaded from the DECCW website (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/pnf/). Hard copies of the guide can be obtained from PNF Regional Offices (listed on the same website) or by emailing Phil Lacy.