COVID-19 and State forest permits
As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds, Forestry Corporation of NSW is committed to ensuring the health & safety of our staff, partners, permit holders and forest visitors.
Organised events and activities
Given the evolving COVID-19 situation and associated public health directions to avoid large gatherings of people, Permits for organised events and activities in NSW State forests are currently suspended.
This will be reviewed again on 1 July 2020. All existing permit holders have been advised that their events and activities must comply with any public health direction related to COVID-19.
Enquiries regarding permits for events and activities from July onwards may be made but no permits will be issued at this time.
Forestry Corporation expects permit holders, issued for activities involving members of the public, to adhere to the latest Australian and NSW Government advice regarding COVID-19. This includes complying with government orders for gatherings of people.
As the situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage those applying for or already holding an approved permit, to regularly check government websites for the latest COVID-19 advice and/or orders:
We appreciate your assistance and ongoing support.
Closure of camping and picnic areas
From Friday 27 March, camping and picnic areas in State forests where large groups of people may congregate are closed until further notice. These closures are in place indefinitely.
State forest permits
Permits are required for a range of activities including
- organised events and activities
- firewood collection
The permit system allows us to manage the competing demands on our forests.
Check for current forest closures
A number of State forests are currently closed due to the fire situation in NSW.
Please check the current closure list here before planning to visit any State Forest. Fossicking and firewood collection are not permitted in closed forests even with a permit.
To access State forests for commercial (non-forestry) purposes, please email email@example.com providing a brief of proposed works, including location(s).
This includes survey/research work commissioned by commercial bodies, such as ongoing ecological monitoring surveys associated with a mining operation.
We will respond directly regarding your application.
Please note that fees may apply.
Forestry Corporation facilitates research on State forests where appropriate.
To discuss proposed research in native State forests, contact our Senior Ecologist at the Wauchope office. To discuss proposed research in softwood plantations, contact the Bathurst or Tumut office.
To apply for a research permit, download and complete the following forms:
A copy of your public liability insurance will also be required. Additional information may be requested by the relevant office and additional conditions may be placed on your permit.
Email completed application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your application to be processed.
Events and activities
Forest Permits are required for some events and activities in State forests. Some forests are not available for events.
Please contact your closest Forestry Corporation office to discuss your proposed activity or event before applying for a Forest Permit.
To apply for a Forest Permit, please download and complete the following forms and submit to your local Forestry Corporation office or contact. A minimum of four weeks is required for a full permit application to be assessed (see forms below, and large events may require 90 days). We endeavor to facilitate all recreational pursuits however some permit applications may not be approved.
Forest Permits attract fees which are generally based on the nature, intensity and number of people involved in the activity. Some activities may be exempt from fees. Your local Forestry contact will discuss your permit fees and other requirements with you:
Note: a copy of your public liability insurance will also be required. Forestry Corporation may request additional information and place conditions on your permit.
Permits are required for photography and filming in State forests. Fees apply. Please contact the closest Forestry Corporation office to discuss your proposed filming and complete the Forests permit - application form [Word].