VicForests is seeking comment from the community on Proposed Changes to its Timber Release Plan to add a small number of areas in the East Gippsland Forest Management Area.
A schedule of all proposed changes including maps indicating approximate coupe locations and a feedback form for public comment can be found by clicking here.
As part of our next steps towards seeking FSC Controlled Wood certification, VicForests has released updated versions of our draft Forest Management Plan and draft High Conservation Values Strategy.
Feedback on these documents is welcome - please click here to find out more about how you can have your say.
We have also developed an online survey to help us understand how our stakeholders would like to engage with us and have input into our forest management practices.
VicForests has posted a profit of $3.4 million for the 2013/14 Financial Year. (More)
Read VicForests Annual Report 2014
VicForests celebrates its ten year anniversary today, August 1st, with a reception at Parliament House in Melbourne.
VicForests’ CEO, Robert Green said the organisation had worked hard to deliver social, environmental and economic sustainability since being established in 2004.
"The Victorian timber industry has faced many challenges over the years but it continues to thrive and diversify with the help of everyone who works and supports such an integral part of Victorian regional communities," Mr Green said.
More on the 10 year anniversary
The Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) report “Managing Victoria’s Native Forest Timber Resources” has found that VicForests is providing substantial social and economic benefits to regional Victoria. (More)
Read "Managing Victoria's Native Forest Timber Resources"
VicForests' 2014 Area Statement provides an overview of our native forest by species, land tenure and Forest Management Area. It also gives stakeholders more information about the forest available and suitable for native timber harvesting in Victoria by species type and location.
VicForests finances have been subject for discussion recently and we welcome this scrutiny. Find out more about our finances and our yearly results.
VicForests’ 2014 Resource Outlook seeks to provide up-to-date information about resource availability in the medium term and identify risks and opportunities for future development in the forestry sector in Victoria.
Timber Harvesting Safety Zones » Active timber harvesting coupes are hazardous work sites that must be carefully managed to ensure safety of both those working on site and the general public.
Forest Management » In order for VicForests to legally harvest native forests in Victoria there is a wide range of policies, procedures, strategies, agreements and legislation that dictate which areas of Victoria’s forests are available for harvest, and the forest management requirements that must be met in those areas.
Leadbeater's Possum mini-site » The mini-site holdS information on the species, timelines of initiatives, Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group recommendations and protection measures in place to protect the State’s faunal emblem.
Timber Release Plan (TRP) » VicForests undertakes a detailed planning process to determine where future operations may take place.
Community Support Program » VicForests assists organisations that contribute to the wellbeing of local communities by providing grants of up to $2000 to charity groups, sporting groups, educational and community groups located across the Central Highlands, Gippsland and East Gippsland.
The Forestry industry plays an important part in regional communities, as do VicForests staff who live and work within them.
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