The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) was established in 1993 under the 1991 Forestry Act (as amended) replacing the former Department of Forest and unifying all Provincial Forest Divisions and the Forest Industries Council. All these came about as a result of the 1989 Barnett Commission of Inquiry into aspects of the forestry industry.
The PNGFA, with its headquarters at Hohola in the National Capital District, has 21 provincial offices which include five regional offices. It has over 600 plus permanent employees throughout the country that include foresters as well as non-foresters such as economists, lawyers, accountants and other auxiliary staff.
The PNGFA mission statement is in harmony with the country's constitution and aims to: "Promote the management and wise utilization of the forest resources of Papua New Guinea as a renewable asset for the well- being of present and future generations." The Authority's main objective, therefore, is working towards achieving sustainable forest management in Papua New Guinea.
The current Forestry Act provides that all relevant stakeholders must participate in the harvesting and management of the national forest resource. Forestry functions in many ways are decentralized wherein; the respective Provincial Forest Management Committees established under the provision of the Forestry Act make decisions relating to the management of the forest resource. There are three (3) key arms of the PNGFA namely:
3.THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE