More than 600 Leadbeater's Possum colonies have been found and protected in Victoria. Each time a colony is detected in State forest a 12 hectare protection zone is immediately placed around the sighting.
Click here to read more about Victoria's State faunal emblem and what VicForests is doing to support the recovery of the Leadbeater's Possum.
The Victorian Government announced this morning that the purchase of the Heyfield Mill has been finanlised.
VicForests welcomes this announcement as it it a very positive outcome for the Victorian timber industry and the Heyfield community with clarity around the future arrangements for the mill.
VicForests has released its 2017 Resource Outlook which forecasts the amount of high quality timber that can be commercially supplied from State forests in eastern Victoria on a sustainable basis.
Nathan Trushell, Acting CEO VicForests said the Resource Outlook is developed using a range of systems and processes.
Every year hundreds of millions of eucalyptus seeds are spread across Victoria’s State forests.
The seeds are used to regrow areas that have been harvested to supply wood to Victoria’s timber industry. Helicopters aerially spread seeds over larger areas and smaller areas are sown by hand.
Deloitte Access Economics conducted a study in 2015 on the amount of economic activity generated a result of timber harvesting operations in the Central Highlands.
The results found that this activity generated $573 million dollars of economic activity and directly employed 2,117 full time equivalent workers, including 281 full time equivalent workers directly employed by VicForests and its contractors.
VicForests offers a variety of exciting and challenging careers in native forestry. Roles within the business range from planners and foresters who manage the day to day operations to ecology and technology experts that manage projects and innovations that drive forward the business in our current market.