South-western cypress state forests assessment
Assessment report (May 2010)
The NSW Government asked the Natural Resources Commission (the Commission) to assess south-western cypress state forests in NSW (see Terms of Reference).
Our assessment report provided information to Government about how the cypress state forests should be managed into the future, and allowed the Government to make decisions and put in place a forest agreement.
In response to our recommendations, the Government put in place an Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for South-Western Cypress Region (commenced on 1 July 2011) under the National Park Estate (South-Western Cypress Reservations) Act 2010.
The National Park Estate (South-Western Cypress Reservations) Act 2010 includes provisions to adjust reserve boundaries, if necessary.
In 2012, the Minister for the Environment sought our advice on adjustments to boundaries of the cypress reserves.
Based on our advice, the NSW Government has since approved a scientifically monitored grazing trial in some cypress reserves.
As part of the assessment, the Commission released a preliminary summary of available information report and called for submissions on the south-western cypress state forests. We received and considered 75 submissions during the preparation of our assessment report.