This legislation relates to the requirement of the Secretary of Department of Environment and Primary Industries, prior to the commencement of harvesting or construction activities to protect land, water and wildlife. The relevant aims of this Act are met through the approval of the Timber Release Plan process, and compliance with the Code of Practice for Timber Production (2007).
The Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 (the Code) is a key regulatory instrument that applies to commercial timber production in both public and private native forests and plantations in Victoria.
The purpose of this code is to provide direction and guidance to forest managers and operators to carry out sound environmental performance when growing and harvesting commercial timber in such a way that:
Permits an economically viable, internationally competitive, sustainable timber industry;
Is compatible with the conservation of the wide range of environmental, social and Cultural values associated with timber production forests;
Provides for the ecologically sustainable management of native forests proposed for continuous timber production;
Enhances public confidence in the management of Victoria’s forests and plantations for timber production.
Forest management operations are planned and conducted to achieve sustainable forest management, using all relevant laws, regulations, government policies and local government requirements. Timber harvesting and associated operations are planned to meet all relevant requirements of the Code of Practice for Timber Production.
The Management Standards and Procedures for timber harvesting operations in Victoria's State forests 2014 feed out of the Code of Practice Timber Production. Click on heading below for more information on Management Standards and Procedures.
Management Standards and Procedures for timber harvesting operations in Victoria's State forests 2014
The Management Standards and Procedures for Timber Harvesting Operations in Victoria's State Forests 2014 (the Management Standards and Procedures) provide additional guidance to DELWP and VicForests staff in meeting the requirements of the Code, and specify environmental and operational requirements additional to those of the Code.