About harvest operations planning
Forestry Corporation carefully plans sustainable timber harvesting and roading operations in State forests and other Crown-timber lands in line with a number of policies, codes and regulatory requirements. Each operation is carried out in line with a detailed harvest plan, which is informed by a rigorous planning process that involves environmental surveys as well as discussions with other forest users and neighbours. The harvest plans provide crews with clear instructions that ensure each operation meets the strict environmental guidelines and any other considerations identified during the planning process.
The plans are comprised of maps, site specific information and instruction on issues like:
- forest management zoning
- flora, fauna and fish protection
- cultural heritage protection
- soil and water protection
- road and crossing works
- burning prescriptions
- monitoring and recording activities.
Plans are prepared for specific compartments in State forests. Plans are valid for up to 10 years and work is scheduled depending on a number of factors including market conditions and weather.
Forestry Corporation native forest harvesting and roading operational plans for coastal NSW are available via our Plan Portal.
Please note that harvest plans for Western Region are not currently available in the Plan Portal. View harvest plans for Western Region.
How to use the Plan Portal
Annual plan of operations
The entry point to the portal shows a map of compartments scheduled for harvesting to commence within the next 12 month period. The map is colour coded by plan status. Plans may be marked as scheduled, in planning, approved, commenced or suspended. Once plans are completed they drop off the map. The map is visible without a login into the system.
The Plan Portal contains an up-to-date Operations Register and Annual Plan of Operations register for the Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (CIFOA). These can be accessed from the reports page, but you must create a user name and log in to the system first. Further information on creating a username and login is included below.
When you click on the reports page, page one is a simple plan summary, page two is the Operations Register, which contains the details required in Protocol 1 of the CIFOA and page three is the Annual Plan of Forestry Operations, which contains the details required in Protocol 2 of the CIFOA. These reports replace the previous monthly reports that some stakeholders may have subscribed to.
Harvest plans and related documents
The Plan Portal also provides access to operational plans, maps and other documents for each approved operational area under the CIFOA. These can be accessed by clicking on the operational area on the map, clicking the plan link on any of the reports or using the plan search tool. You can subscribe to a plan to receive an email notification each time the plan status changes, for example when the plan becomes active, and when new documents are uploaded. You can unsubscribe from a plan at anytime.
Creating a username and login
To view a harvest plan or operations register, you will need to register with a user name (this can be anything you choose, it does not have to be your name) and a valid email address. You will be sent a confirmation email to confirm the email address and be asked to change your password.
Once you are logged in, you can click on the operation that interests you to view the associated harvest plan and other documents. You can also register your interest in a particular operation so that you can be notified when information about the operation is updated.
Forestry Corporation welcomes stakeholder input to inform our detailed operational planning. In particular, we are keen to:
- Identify whether stakeholders have any specific concern in relation to particular compartments
- Ensure stakeholders have access to the harvest plans and answer any questions they have about these documents
- Identify any additional issues, both on the forest and along potential log haulage routes, for consideration prior to operations commencing.
Send us an email to make contact with a forester and discuss an individual harvest plan in more detail, or if you have trouble viewing the content within the Plan Portal.
Harvest plan archive
From 1 July 2019, all current harvest plans for coastal NSW can be found in the Plan Portal. You can view previous plans in our online archive. Please note, these plans were correct at the time of publication but amendments may have been made subsequently during the course of operations.