Leadbeater's Possum Projects - Regrowth Retention Harvesting
Regrowth Retention Harvesting to protect Leabeater’s Possum future habitat
VicForests has adopted an alternative method of harvesting for up to 50 per cent of the area harvested in Ash forest, in the Leadbeater’s Possum range, in order to further support the recovery of the species into the future.
This method, known as Regrowth Retention Harvesting, is used as an alternative to clearfell harvesting as it increases the amount of forest retained, providing current and future habitat for the possum.
Regrowth Retention Harvesting aims to protect and enhance old-growth forest structures, maintain connectivity and support re-colonisation of harvested areas, overtime.
Retention harvesting is designed to work in conjunction with Victoria’s extensive National Park and reserve system to promote older forest and habitat connectivity across the landscape.
Retention harvesting requires that more than 50 per cent of the area harvested must be within one tree length of retained forest habitat to allow increased re-colonisation of the area and promote the retention of future old growth forest.
VicForests also actively survey any area planned for harvest before commencing operations to look for potential Leadbeater’s Possum habitat and protect it.
When potential habitat is found it is classed as either Zone 1A habitat or Zone 1B habitat and is protected by excluding thoses areas from any timber harvesting operations.
To read more about looking for and protecting Leadbeater’s Possum potential habitat visit the Protecting the Leadbeater's Possum page.