The Draft Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) is proposed to replace four, 20-year-old IFOAs that currently operate across Eastern NSW. IFOAs regulate logging in State forests and other Crown-timber lands by the Forestry Corporation of NSW.
Part A of our submission comments on high-level forestry policy drivers. In summary we submit:
- Wood supply policy aims must be urgently and transparently revised.
- Long-term values of healthy forests outweigh short-term costs of buybacks.
- Need for investment and up-to-date understanding of diverse forest values.
- Clearer links needed to ESFM principles, including the precautionary principle.
- Intensive harvesting limits and transitional arrangements allow unsustainable logging levels.
- Inadequate consultation and lack of transparency on important decisions.
- Forestry regulation, agencies and operators must be climate-ready and responsive.
Part B comments on the details under nine themes in the Draft Coastal IFOA:
- IFOA structure and ‘outcome-focused’ approach
- Multi-scale landscape approach
- Harvesting practices and limits
- Wildlife habitat & tree retention clumps and threatened species protections
- Landscape protections
- Environmentally Significant Areas and boundary rules
- Improved mapping and technology
- Monitoring framework
- Regeneration standards.