Even with improvements in technology and harvesting practices, forestry can still be a dangerous occupation.
VicForests staff and contractors recently heard a moving and powerful reminder on the importance of keeping safe at work. (More)
VicForests' amended Timber Release Plan has been approved by the VicForests Board and gazetted - http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2015/GG2015S247.pdf
Thank you to everybody who made submissions regarding the proposed amendments during the recent consultation period.
The updated and approved Timber Release Plan is now available on the Approved Timber Release Plan page.
VicForests' Central Highlands Regional Office will be based 7-13 Symes Rd, Woori Yallock from Monday, 10 August 2015.
The Regional Office was previously located in Healesville.
To contact the new Woori Yallock office please call 5954 4100 or click here to access a map showing the new location.
VicForests has clarified details regarding its operations in East Gippsland with CEO, Robert Green, saying that while operations in the region are currently not profitable, work is continuing to turn this situation around and across the board VicForests’ operations continue to make a profit. (More)
VicForests has announced it is postponing its upcoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood audit. (More)
VicForests has accepted the outcomes of an investigation by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) into allegations that rainforest was harvested in East Gippsland.
The investigation was unable to conclusively determine whether the Code of Practice for Timber Production had been breached in an area already harvested but acknowledged VicForests complied with the Code by protecting and identifying an area of rainforest and ensuring no impact on waterways. (More)
The Federal Minister for Enviroment has announced the Leadbeater's Possum is now listed as 'critically endangered'.
Work is continuing to implement a range of measures which have been specifically designed to help ensure the long term survival of the species. (More)
View the progress VicForests has made with the Leadbeater's Possum recommendations and find out more information on the projects VicForests is wholly or partly responsible for. (More)
VicForests' Current Timber Release Plan has been approved and gazetted. Click here to view. For more information visit our Current TRP page.
VicForests has signed a lease which will see its Healesville regional office relocate to Woori Yallock during the second half of 2015. (More)
VicForests has posted a profit of $3.4 million for the 2013/14 Financial Year. (More)
Read VicForests Annual Report 2014
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"
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.
Planned burning information VicForests and Department of Environment Land Water and Planning are currently undertaking Planned burns across the State. For more information about burns in your area visit http://delwp.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies.
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.
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.
VicForests is working with a number of different organisations to look at new ways to ensure there is habitat for the Leadbeater's Possum including the creation of man-made hollows. Click below to find out more!
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