preparation and amendment of Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals under the Forestry and National Park Estate Act 1998 (NSW);
preparation and review of Codes of Practice;
preparation, amendment and review of District Bushfire Management Committee plan of operations and Bush Fire Risk Management Plans (Rural Fires Act 1997 (NSW));
activities associated with the implementation of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (NSW);
public exhibition of identified wilderness and areas proposed for declaration under the Wilderness Act 1987 (NSW);
nomination, preparation and possible contraventions of Recovery Plans and Threat Abatement Plans prepared under the Endangered Species ProtectionAct 1992 (C’wth);
listing of places on the Register of the National Estate under the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975 (C’wth);
publication of State of the Environment reports including reporting against performance measures, Sustainability Indicators, audits, public participation, research and reviews;
consultation with the Aboriginal community in relation to Aboriginal cultural heritage information;
catchment management committees
production of annual ESFM Reports on progress for meeting targets in Regional ESFM Plans and reporting on criteria, indicators and targets for the Upper North East and Lower North East regions in accordance with the New South Wales Upper North East and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement.
production of annual Environmental and Social Values Report at a statewide level on the progress and performance of State Forests of NSW in accordance with the New South Wales Upper North East Region Forest Agreement and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement.
publishing a New South Wales State of Parks report by April 2001.
production of an annual report for the New South Wales Upper North East Region Forest Agreement and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement with respect to Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management in the region, and compliance with any Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for the region. As required by the Forestry and National Park Estate Act 1998 (NSW).
Additional reporting and consultative mechanisms
Additional reporting and consultative mechanisms to be implemented by the State include:
development of public participation mechanisms through the introduction of new partnerships (for example, the International Model Forest Network);
Publish Eco-Field Guides for the Upper North East and Lower North East regions by 30 June 2000;
Document the basis for silvicultural practices and publish the native Forest Silviculture Manual (SFNSW) by the 31 December 2000.
documenting and publishing a description of the New South Wales Forest Management System covering Public and Private Lands in time for the first five-yearly review.
publishing by 1 December 2006 a description of the methods and results of calculating Sustainable Yield on Public Land, and publishing in time for subsequent five-yearly reviews independent audits of Sustainable Yield, as outlined in Attachment 12.
from 1999 the New South Wales government will table in each House of Parliament an annual report on its Upper North East Region Forest Agreement and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement which will include an ESFM report and the outcomes of compliance with any Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for the region.
The major priority of future research in New South Wales will be an understanding of environmental impacts and the development of appropriate mechanisms to monitor and continually improve the sustainability of forest management practices. Accordingly, statewide research will continue on the following themes:
IMPROVEMENTS TO NEW SOUTH WALES’ FOREST MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
New South Wales will further improve its Forest Management System across forest management agencies and land tenures by:
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) by April 2004, for lands dedicated under the National Park and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW)consistent with the following broad principles:
an appropriate environmental policy should be in place;
the environmental aspects arising from the organisation’s past, existing or planned activities, products or services should be identified to determine the environmental impacts of significance;
relevant legislative and regulatory arrangements should be identified;
priorities should be identified and appropriate environmental objectives and targets set;
a structure and program(s) to implement the policy and achieve objectives and targets should be established;
planning, monitoring, corrective action, auditing and review activities should be facilitated to ensure both that the policy is complied with and that the environmental management system remains appropriate;
the system should be capable of adapting to changing circumstances.
State Forests of NSW developing, by April 2001 a Native Forest Management System as an EMS, to a standard which would allow certification of the system under the ISO 14000 series.
Implementing the New South Wales Biodiversity Strategy, taking into account the issues raised during its public consultation phase.
Establishing Regional Vegetation Management Plans which are coordinated with other management plans, and which allow for specific activities to occur under Codes of Practice.
Improving the coordination and effective use of resources allocated to research for ESFM in New South Wales.
Providing ongoing formal public participation processes to raise awareness and understanding of ESFM and how it can be achieved in New South Wales forests.
Developing and implementing an information management system to facilitate the sharing of data for the use by all agencies, including local government, involved in the management of forested land.
Improving the cooperation and coordination between Government agencies so as to achieve integrated management for conservation, wood production, and other values in both public and private forests.
Improving administrative arrangements to ensure Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management on private forests including providing technical advice, extension services and research including assistance in the estimation of Sustainable Yield.
Maintaining and enhancing competency based training for field staff and forest operators in flora and fauna identification and management, heritage management, soil and water protection, silvicultural training, inventory and management information systems and product segregation.
Developing Regional ESFM Plans consistent with the New South Wales Upper North East Region Forest Agreement and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement, any applicable Integrated Forestry Operation Approval, statutory requirements, and including:
Specification and description of the range of values and processes to be managed, including objectives and targets of management;
Determination of Sustainable Yield of wood values;
Ongoing arrangements for monitoring activities specified in the plan and reporting against plan objectives and targets;
Processes for regular reviews of the plans involving public consultation.
Incorporating by the first five-yearly review within Regional ESFM Plans and plans of management under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW), provisions that address in an integrated fashion bush and other fires to ensure ecologically sustainable management of the forest estate. These plans will be consistent with the NSW Biodiversity Strategy and any Bush Fire Risk Management Plans.
Incorporating by the first five-yearly review within Regional ESFM Plans and plans of management under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW), integrated feral animal and weed control programs.
Establishing a process, including public reporting, for regular audits of compliance and reviews of Codes of Practice, Eco-Field Guides and/ Regional Prescriptions by December 2002 and undertake audits at first and subsequent five-yearly reviews of the Agreement. This process is to be included in any environmental management system, including the SFNSW Native Forest Management System.
Establishing by April 2001 demonstration areas in both the Upper North East and Lower North East regions for illustrating silvicultural practices and the suite of silvicultural regimes referred to in the Upper North East Region Forest Agreement and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement for use in field supervisor training and public education.
Continuing to develop a suite of computational tools to help manage NSW forests at operational scales for a range of values including wood yield, growth stage, water quality and quantity, natural and cultural heritage and wildlife habitat.
Developing by the end of 2010, a model to predict recruitment and maintenance of habitat trees over time.
Determining the range of silvicultural prescriptions that can be appropriately applied to each strata or forest type based on review, field based sampling and principles of sustainability. These prescriptions will be used to inform FRAMES.
The Native Forest Silviculture Manual (SFNSW) to be published by 31 December 2000 will outline the scientific basis for site specific silvicultural regimes and the silvicultural decisions and guidelines to where such regimes are to be applied. Parties note that a peer review process will form part of the public consultation process as identified in Attachment 6.
The Parties note that procedures for reviewing Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals are set out in the Forestry and National Park Estate Act 1998 (NSW).
The Parties note that the terms of an Integrated Forestry Operations Approval will have primacy over other elements of the SFNSW Native Forest Management System. The Parties recognise that the SFNSW Native Forest Management System (including Codes of Practice, Eco-Field Guides, the Regional ESFM Plan, the order of works plan, and harvesting plans), will be the mechanism for implementing the terms of the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval on State forest.
Additional improvements to the NSW FRAMES System are also outlined in Attachment 12.