New South Wales North East Regional Forest Agreement

​​​The North East Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is one of three RFAs in New South Wales, and comprises two sub regions: Upper North East and Lower North East. The Australian and New South Wales governments signed the North East RFA on 31 March 2000.

The North East RFA was varied on 28 November 2018 with an extension until 26 August 2039, as it has proven to be a strong and effective framework for the sustainable management of North East RFA region’s forests. The extension was formalised following assessment, public consultation and independent review.

The North East RFA now has a 20-year rolling life, so at any point in time the North East RFA will be between 15 and 20 years from expiring, depending on the satisfactory completion of the five-yearly reviews.

Extending the North East RFA gives long-term surety of resource access for industry, ecologically sustainable management and use of forested areas and an extensive system of conservation reserves.

The North East RFA variation includes two Annexures: Annexure 1 is the RFA marked up; Annexure 2 is a ‘clean’ version of the RFA as varied without the mark up.

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2018 North East RFA variation PDF346 5.4 MB

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For details on the process for extending the North East RFA please see the New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements webpage.

The 2000 North East RFA

The Australian and New South Wales governments signed the North East RFA on 31 March 2000. The agreement was for a duration of 20 years and was set to expire on 31 March 2020.

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North East RFA PDF1511.1 MB

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New South Wales RFAs five-yearly reviews

It is a requirement of the North East RFA that its performance is reviewed every five years. The details of the North East RFA review process is outlined in the agreement.

The Australian and New South Wales governments have reported on the three NSW RFAs collectively:

Historical Publications

Many historical publications informed the development of the North East RFA and continue to underpin the management of forests covered by the agreement.

There are also historical statewide publications that informed the development of the three RFAs in New South Wales.

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Comprehensive Regional Assessments:

Cultural and Heritage Reports:

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Assessment of Places of Aesthetic Significance within the forested areas of NSW CRA regions (Statewide) Stage 2 Lower North East Region (November 1998) PDF3194 KB
Assessment of Places of Aesthetic Significance within the forested areas of NSW CRA regions (Statewide) Stage 2 Lower North East Region (November 1998) DOC31210 KB
Assessment of Places of Aesthetic Significance within the forested areas of NSW CRA regions (Statewide) Stage 2 Upper North East Region (November 1998) PDF2867 KB
Assessment of Places of Aesthetic Significance within the forested areas of NSW CRA regions (Statewide) Stage 2 Upper North East Region (November 1998) DOC28126 KB
Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate - Part A Natural Values Lower North-Eastern NSW CRA Region (February 1999) PDF1753.6 MB
Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate - Part A Natural Values Lower North-Eastern NSW CRA Region (February 1999) DOC151962 KB
Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate Values in Lower North-Eastern NSW CRA Region – Part B Cultural Heritage Values (July 1999) PDF703.3 MB
Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate Values in Lower North-Eastern NSW CRA Region – Part B Cultural Heritage Values Maps (July 1999) PDF47.3 MB
Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate Values in Upper North-Eastern NSW CRA Region – Part A Natural Values (February 1999) PDF1816.9 MB
Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate Values in Upper North-Eastern NSW CRA Region – Part B Cultural Values (July 1999) PDF752.1 MB
Identification of Places of Natural History Significance in New South Wales Comprehensive Regional Assessment (CRA) Forest Regions (September 1999) PDF122393 KB
Identification of Places of Natural History Significance in New South Wales Comprehensive Regional Assessment (CRA) Forest Regions (September 1999) DOC122927 KB
JANIS and Natural National Estate Conservation Requirements (May 1998) PDF157660 KB
JANIS and Natural National Estate Conservation Requirements (May 1998) DOC1572.4 MB
Places of Geoheritage Significance in New South Wales Comprehensive Regional Assessment (CRA) Forest Regions (June 1998) PDF104507 KB
Places of Geoheritage Significance in New South Wales Comprehensive Regional Assessment (CRA) Forest Regions (June 1998) DOC104507 KB
Protective Mechanisms for Cultural Heritage – Lower Northeast Region: A project undertaken as part of the NSW Comprehensive Regional Assessments (September 1999) PDF671.4 MB
Thematic forest history and heritage assessment (non-Indigenous) UNE/LNE CRA Regions (September 1998) DOC98385 KB
Appendix 1 DOC522 KB
Appendix 2 DOC57174 KB
Appendix 3 DOC52164 KB
Thematic forest history and heritage assessment (non-Indigenous) UNE/LNE CRA Regions (September 1998) PDF98294 KB
Appendices PDF114227 KB

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Directions or Options Report:

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North-East CRA/RFA Project Summaries (August 1999) PDF75165 KB
North-East CRA/RFA Project Summaries (August 1999) DOC75609 KB

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Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management Reports:

Environment Reports:

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Application of the Protective Measures and Forest Practices into a Quantitative Database (July 2000) PDF55246 KB
Collection of Vegetation Data from Historical Portion Plan Surveys (May 1999) - Project Summary PDF17 KB
Collection of Vegetation Data from Historical Portion Plan Surveys (May 1999) - Project Summary DOC121 KB
Collection of Vegetation Data from Historical Portion Plan Surveys (May 1999) - Report PDF1962 KB
Collection of Vegetation Data from Historical Portion Plan Surveys (May 1999) - Report DOC19111 KB
Derived forest ecosystems: an evaluation of surrogacy value and internal biological variation (July 1999) PDF3297 KB
Derived forest ecosystems: an evaluation of surrogacy value and internal biological variation (July 1999) DOC32136 KB
Forest Ecosystem Classification and Mapping for the Hunter Sub-Region in the Lower North East Comprehensive Regional Assessment (March 1999) PDF3674 KB
Forest Ecosystem Classification and Mapping for the Hunter Sub-Region in the Lower North East Comprehensive Regional Assessment (March 1999) DOC36119 KB
Forest ecosystem classification and mapping for Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (January 1999) - Report (up to and including Appendix 3) PDF127339 KB
Forest ecosystem classification and mapping for Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (January 1999) - Report (up to and including Appendix 3) DOC127600 KB
Forest ecosystem classification and mapping for Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (January 1999) - Appendix 4 PDF3041 KB
Forest ecosystem classification and mapping for Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (January 1999) - Appendix 4 DOC30177 KB
Mapping of Forest Management History Report (August 1999) PDF63334 KB
Modelling areas of habitat significance for vertebrate fauna and vascular flora in north east NSW (April 1999) DOC96627 KB
North East NSW Wilderness Assessment (June 1999) PDF2875 KB
North East NSW Wilderness Assessment (June 1999) DOC28136 KB
Old-growth Forest Related Projects - UNE / LNE Regions (February 1999) PDF109297 KB
Old-growth Forest Related Projects - UNE / LNE Regions (February 1999) DOC1091.1 MB
Response to Disturbance of Forest Species (August 1999) PDF233945 KB
Response to Disturbance of Forest Species (August 1999) DOC2335.9 MB
Review of statewide protective measures and forest practices (August 1999) PDF3271.3 MB
Threatened Plants Project (August 1999) PDF47261 KB
Threatened Plants Project (August 1999) DOC47560 KB
Vertebrate Fauna Survey (December 1998) PDF2222.2 MB
Vertebrate Fauna Survey (December 1998) DOC2228.2 MB
Wilderness assessment project - UNE and LNE (December 1998) PDF77165 KB
Wilderness assessment project - UNE and LNE (December 1998) DOC77333 KB

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Factsheets:

Resource Reports:

Social and Economic Reports:

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An Economic Assessment of Water Values Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (February 1999) PDF62160 KB
An Economic Assessment of Water Values Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (February 1999) DOC62297 KB
A Report on the Profile and Economic Assessment of Grazing in State Forests: Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (October 1998) PDF50121 KB
A Report on the Profile and Economic Assessment of Grazing in State Forests: Upper and Lower North East CRA Regions (October 1998) DOC50441 KB
Benefit Transfer Threshold Value Analysis of Non-Use Values of Forest Preservation Upper and Lower North East Regions (October 1998) PDF3569 KB
Benefit Transfer Threshold Value Analysis of Non-Use Values of Forest Preservation Upper and Lower North East Regions (October 1998) DOC35114 KB
Forest-based Tourism and Recreation in the Upper and Lower North East Regions of NSW (December 1998) PDF95157 KB
Forest-based Tourism and Recreation in the Upper and Lower North East Regions of NSW (December 1998) DOC95288 KB
Forest Industry Development Options (October 1998) PDF1061.2 MB
Identification of Commercial Timber Plantation Expansion Opportunities in New South Wales (March 2000) PDF136418 KB
Regional Impact Assessment – Lower North East CRA Region (May 1999) PDF124582 KB
Regional Impact Assessment – Lower North East CRA Region (May 1999) DOC1241.5 MB
Regional Impact Assessment – Upper North East CRA Region (April 1999) PDF124780 KB
Regional Impact Assessment – Upper North East CRA Region (April 1999) DOC1245.6 MB
Report on Apiary in NSW – Lower North East Region (September 1999) PDF2597 KB
Report on Apiary in NSW – Upper North East Region (September 1999) PDF2585 KB
Review of NSW Forest Industry Mitigation Measures (October 1998) PDF36110 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) PDF3291.5 MB
Social Values of Forests Part B figures 18 & 19 PDF430 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Cover Page DOC329 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Contents DOC444 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Executive Summary DOC1983 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Introduction DOC334 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Methodologies DOC9122 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Post Impact Studies DOC201.1 MB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Regional Profile DOC80611 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Social Values of Forests A DOC79473 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Social Values of Forests B DOC44869 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Mitigation Review DOC135 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Local Impact DOC29503 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Forest Modelling DOC27266 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - References DOC241 KB
Social Assessment Report Lower North East NSW (September 1999) - Social Values of Forests Part B figures 18 & 19 DOC424 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) PDF2911.2 MB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Cover Page DOC330 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Executive Summary DOC17223 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Introduction DOC436 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Methodologies DOC1057 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Post Impact Studies DOC1692 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Regional Profile DOC66330 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Social Values of Forests A DOC102578 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Social Values of Forests B DOC40514 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Mitigation Review DOC220 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - Local Impact DOC28220 KB
Social Assessment Report Upper North East NSW (September 1999) - References DOC225 KB

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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