Forestry, Clearing Vegetation & Trees
EDO NSW has produced a number of resources on forestry, clearing vegetation and trees. Fact sheets on this subject (see below) include: Tree disputes - Forestry - Clearing vegetation - Clearing trees in urban areas and E-Zones.
We receive numerous calls to our legal advice line from people concerned about land clearing in their local rural areas. If you have witnessed land clearing and reported it to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), please tell us about that too, by filling out our Reports of Rural land Clearing form.
We also undertake law reform work in this field: read our submissions.
Have Your Say about decisions relating to forestry, clearing vegetation and trees.
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.
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.
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
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.