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Getting started in private native forestry

Planning a private native forestry operation

Local Land Services is here to help you undertake a private native forestry operation by providing assistance and advice including how to obtain a Private Native Forestry Plan.

Contact your nearest private native forestry officer to find out what you need to do before you can begin a private native forestry operation. For more information you can access resources including advisory notes, guides and training clips.

Part 5B of the Local Land Services Act 2013 provides for landholders to sustainably harvest private native forests. Harvesting timber for the purposes of  private native forestry requires an approved Private Native Forestry Plan.

Once a Private Native Forestry Plan is in place landholders and/or contractors must meet the requirements of the relevant Private Forestry Code of Practice.

Preparing a Private Native Forestry Plan

Local Land Services works with landholders and/or contractors wanting to conduct private native forestry by helping to develop a Private Native Forestry Plan. A Private Native Forestry Plan is an agreement between landholders and Local Land Services and contains:

  • a satellite image or aerial photograph of your property identifying where you can conduct forestry and areas that must be protected such as rainforest, old-growth forest, threatened species habitat and drainage features
  • an agreement document that outlines your rights and responsibilities under the relevant Private Native Forestry Code of Practice.

If you are interested in a Private Native Forestry Plan contact your nearest Private Native Forestry Officer to discuss the process of preparing a Private Native Forestry Plan. You can also contact us on 1300 795 299 and

Before undertaking private native forestry operations landholders must complete a Forest Operation Plan.


New legislative arrangements have commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on related publications may now be outdated.