Forests protection

The forests and woodlands of New South Wales are home to an astonishing diversity of species, and provide us with vital ecosystem services, including fresh water, soil protection and carbon storage.

Protecting NSW Forests

The forests of NSW are incredibly special. Three times the size of Tasmania, our forests are home to iconic species including the koala, pygmy possum, and echidna. Forests are vital to the health of our state, our people, and the survival of our iconic wildlife.

Forests have been declining in NSW since European settlement began, and they are continuing to dwindle. Only 9% of the native forests that remain are protected in national parks or conservation areas. Much of our remaining forests are slated for logging as state forests. These state forests represent incredibly important wildlife habitats and stunning landscapes.

Almost 1000 wildlife and plant species in NSW are formally listed as being threatened with extinction. At the current rate, even the iconic koala may be gone by from NSW by 2055. The only way stop the decimation of these precious environments is to end subsidised and unprofitable logging of our public state forests.

The precious trees and forests still standing deserve to be protected – for wildlife and for future generations. We have a plan to protect the trees, forests and wildlife of NSW but we can’t do this alone. Please make a generous donation to help end the War on Trees.

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An opportunity to end logging

Forests in NSW have suffered for decades due to intensive logging that destroys not just trees but the native animals that rely on healthy forests.

Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) are 20-year agreements between the state governments and the Commonwealth that permit the logging of public native forests.

The RFAs have failed to protect our beautiful forests and now our governments plan to roll them out for another 20 years.

These forests belong to the people of NSW. People now have a vital opportunity to have a say on how these priceless places are managed in the future. Our native forests can’t handle another 20 years of intensive logging.

Submissions to the RFA review have not closed. Use the Sign-up form at the top of this page to stay informed. 

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End the subsidies that destroy our forests

A new report by The Australia Institute reveals that as NSW residents we are subsidising the destruction of our remaining native forests.

Over the past seven years, we have propped up the uneconomic native forests logging industry to the tune of $79 million. This means that without taxpayer handouts, this part of the industry would be unviable. 

Read the full report here

Check out this video to learn more about how this destroying our native forests is impacting koalas and other native wildlife. Many thanks to Yoga for Nature for putting this together.

Urban land clearing rules are decimating Sydney's trees

SANY0001-1.jpgPremier Mike Baird's government has passed urban land-clearing rules under the guise of bushfire protection.

Fire experts agree this the 10/50 urban land-clearing rule which allows trees within 10 metres of a home to be cleared is bad policy. The government must immediately repeal and withdraw this rule which is transforming Sydney's leafy suburbs.

New intensive logging of state forests

The government is persisting with new rules that will allow even more intensive logging of our state forests. These rules are being worked up in secret with the Forestry Corporation, and will mean wider destruction of trees and wildlife habitat.

NCC is working with our member groups across the state to be protect our ancient forests.

You can help by volunteering, making a donation and taking action on a current campaign.


Latest news


4 March 2018


Minister knew 99% of koala habitat would be exposed to land clearing

A document obtained under freedom of information laws shows the Berejiklian government knew its new land clearing laws would cause extensive harm to wildlife habitat but pressed ahead with the changes anyway.

Forests and wildlife

9 March 2018


Court finds NSW Government land-clearing laws invalid

The Land and Environment Court today ruled the NSW Government’s land-clearing laws invalid because they were made unlawfully.

Forests and wildlife

10 March 2018


NSW Government reintroduces land-clearing law knowing it will accelerate wildlife habitat destruction

The NSW Nature Conservation condemns the NSW Government’s reintroduction of land-clearing laws that the Land and Environment Court ruled invalid last Friday.

Forests and wildlife




Paradise lost: The weakening and widening of biodiversity offsetting in NSW, 2005-2016

This is a report on the biodiversity offsets schemes in NSW since 2005.


Our Environment, Our Future: Policies for the 2015 NSW election and beyond

This document details the environment movement's top policy asks for the 2015 NSW election.


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