If a Tree Falls: Compliance failures in the public forests of New South Wales

If a Tree Falls: Compliance failures in the public forests of New South Wales

There is evidence of systemic breaches of forestry regulations throughout all of NSW’s public forests. The Nature Conservation Council of NSW requested EDO NSW to prepare this report as a result of growing concern in the community about these breaches and the implications for biodiversity and the environment.

This report addresses the state of NSW’s public-owned native forests and the flora and fauna species that inhabit them, the regulatory framework for the management of those forests and the widespread breaches of forestry regulation that our clients are reporting to us from across the state. It is clear that native forests are not being managed in a way that complies with the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management and the conservation of biodiversity. The report makes a number of recommendations to address the inadequacies of the current regulatory system.

2011 - Download PDF