Forests NSW

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

NSW State Forests was created in 1993 from the previous Forestry Commission of NSW. In 2004 a government departmental reorganisation resulted in it being renamed Forests NSW. Around this time it seems to have acquired a dedicated helicopter. The helicopter was sold in 2011. In 2013 the department was reconstituted as a state-owned commercial corporation.

Key Dates

1916 Forestry Commission of NSW first established.
1993 Forestry Commission of NSW renamed NSW State Forests.
July 2004 NSW State Forests becomes Forests NSW.
2011 The only helicopter is sold.
1 January 2013 Forests NSW becomes Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Current Status

The State Forests helicopter was sold in 2011.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The NSW State Forests helicopter flew in a white and green colour scheme. The State Forests ‘three trees’ logo appeared on the tailboom in white and the service titles STATE FORESTS on the rear fuselage in black.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The NSW State Forests helicopter carried Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. AS350 VH-NFO.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel 1 19?? 2011 France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Forestry Corporation Head Office, 121-131 Oratava Ave, West Pennant Hills NSW 2125.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The State Forests helicopter was based at ??.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


None known.


NSW State Forests Helicopter Draws Water
Firebird 200 – VH-NFO. NSW Rural Fire Service

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