|Formed||1 July 1916|
|Annual budget||£30 million|
|Chief Commissioner||Sir William Vaughan|
The Forestry Commission is an executive agency of the Ministry of Primary Industry responsible for the administration of New Ingerland's National forests.
The Commission was established in 1916 with the passage of the Forestry Act through the Parliament of New Ingerland.
Function and roles
The Forestry Commission is responsible for the administration of New Ingerland's National forests. To this end, the Forestry Act empowers the Commission to control and manage New Ingerland national forest estate and the timber reserves contained within. In the policy realm, the Commission provides advice to the Ministry of Primary Industry on all matters relating to exercise of forestry policy in New Ingerland. This includes policy matters relating to timber and timber products, both indigenous and imported.
In tandem with the Ministry, the Commission is expected to conduct forestry research and to carry out detailed statistical analysis of the forestry industry in New Ingerland. Such information is captured chiefly for the devising and implementation of government policy, but in recent years much of the data has been made freely available to the public through the publication of an annual year book. The Forestry Commission is also empowered to issue licenses for the removal of wild flowers and native plants that under normal circumstances are protected by the Wild Flowers and Native Plants Protection Act.
The Forestry Commission is headed by a Chief Commissioner of Forestry, who is assisted in his duties by a board of commissioners, currently five in number. The current board comprises of:
- Sir William Vaughan (Chief Commissioner of Forestry)
- Mark Edwards
- Jim Ball
- Amanda Rice
- John Burns
- Ron Bailey