Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve
The Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve (LHI PPP) was created in January 1982 with the fundamental purpose of preserving the Island's native flora and fauna in accordance with the Lord Howe Island Act 1953 and the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. The LHI PPP forms the majority of the land area of the Lord Howe Island Group (70%), including its offshore islands. The settlement area of the Island is excluded from the LHI PPP.
The LHI PPP is managed under the Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve Plan of Management.
Camping on the Island
Camping is not permitted as an activity for visitors to the Island. Island residents and authorised researchers may apply to the Lord Howe Island Board for approval to camp in the Permanent Park Preserve, subject to conditions set out in section 6.4 of the Lord Howe Island Permanent Park Preserve Plan of Management.
Plant and animal importation
To protect our unique environment, the pest potential of all plants and animals must be assessed to ensure that any imported species will not present a risk to the Island’s World Heritage values.
The importation of all plants and animals to Lord Howe Island requires prior approval from the Lord Howe Island Board under Clause 61 (Importation of seeds, plants and other things) and Clause 62 (Importation of animals) of the Lord Howe Island Regulation 2014. Clause 63 of the Regulation provides for the seizure of illegally imported seeds, plants or animals.
Policies relating to the importation of plants and animals
The Lord Howe Island Board has prepared several policies relevant to the importation of plants and animals. People wishing to import plants or animals are advised to review the relevant policy before applying.
Further information concerning animal importation can be found on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.
Removal or destruction of flora
The cutting, felling, removal, damage (including pruning) and destruction of native vegetation on Lord Howe Island requires prior approval from the Lord Howe Island Board in accordance with Clause 59(1) of the Lord Howe Island Regulation 2014. This excludes harvesting crops grown for human consumption or fodder or the maintenance of an established garden, lawn or nature strip. The removal of exotic species does not require approval (providing the removal does not result in damage to native vegetation).
Approval to remove or prune native vegetation will be considered upon submission of a written request to the Lord Howe Island Board. A Board Officer will arrange a site inspection and undertake an assessment. Trees are assessed according to their risk of harm to life or property. Vegetation removal may also be approved where it impacts solar access of solar systems or food production gardens and to enable maintenance of approved infrastructure.