Forestry, Clearing Vegetation & Trees

EDO NSW has produced a number of resources on forestry, clearing vegetation and trees

Fact sheets on this topic include:

  • Forestry
  • Clearing vegetation
  • Clearing trees in urban areas and E-Zones 

EDO NSW also undertakes law reform work relevant to forestry, clearing vegetation and trees. Read our submissions.

EDO NSW represents individuals and community groups in public interest litigation to protect the environment. Read about our past cases on forestry, clearing vegetation and trees.

Learn how to Have Your Say about decisions relevant to forestry, clearing vegetation and trees.

Tree disputes

This fact sheet explains how the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 (Tree Disputes Act) applies to tree disputes.

The Tree Disputes Act applies to trees and hedges that are located on private land. It does not relate to trees on public land or disputes with public authorities about tree management.

Before agreeing to prune or remove a problematic tree, it is important to first check whether permission is required. See our fact sheet on Clearing Trees on Urban Land and Environmental Zones for more information.

Other fact sheets you may find useful: Clearing Vegetation, LEPs and SEPPs, Land and Environment Court

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Forestry

This Fact Sheet explains the system that regulates forestry on Crown and private lands. It discusses the various forestry agreements that can be made between the state and national governments, logging licences and offences, and opportunities for the public to have their say about forestry. It also explains how forestry relates to other environmental laws, including those protecting threatened species and native animals and plants.

The information will be useful for people concerned about the impact of forestry operations on the environment, users of state forests, and landholders and neighbours of proposed or existing forestry operations.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, Native Animals and Plants, Clearing Vegetation

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Clearing Vegetation

This fact sheet describes the regulatory framework governing the clearing of vegetation in NSW in rural areas and how these laws interact with other environmental laws, including those protecting threatened species and native animals and plants.

It details how unauthorised clearing can be enforced.

The fact sheet will be useful for landholders who wish to clear land in rural areas and anyone concerned about land clearing activity.

Other Fact Sheets you may find useful: Trees (including tree disputes), Forestry, Native Animals and Plants, Threatened Species and Ecological Communities

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Clearing trees on urban land and in environmental zones

This fact sheet explains how trees are protected in urban areas of NSW and land that is zoned for environmental purposes, known as E-zones.

It includes information about protections put in place by local councils and how these protections are enforced. 

Other fact sheets you may find useful: Clearing Vegetation, LEPs and SEPPs, Land and Environment Court

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