The Draft Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program Strategy must be viewed against a background which acknowledges that:

  • NSW forests are managed across a range tenures some of which are managed for conservation and ecological services, and others for extractive forestry;
  • there is a history of poor compliance, lack of enforcement and inadequate monitoring of environmental outcomes in tenures managed for extractive forestry; and
  • this history provides a poor baseline for setting and monitoring environmental outcomes in forest management, particularly extractive forestry, moving forward.

Our submission makes a number of recommendations for improving the draft NSW Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program Strategy.