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
New research by some of Australia’s leading fire scientists has rejected suggestions timber harvesting is making Victoria’s forests more fire-prone. More on Fire Management and research
VicForests has announced today that it will be seeking Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood certification.
The Controlled Wood standard provides evidence that wood has been controlled to ensure it is legally harvested, in accordance with traditional and civil rights, and does not threaten High Conservation Values or result in natural forest conversion to plantations. View our plans to seek FSC.
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VicForests will transition away from the use of clearfell harvesting in ash forests which are home to the Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem as part of the Leadbeater's Possum Advisory Group's recommendations.
Retention harvesting will replace traditional clearfell methods in 50% of the area harvested across the Leadbeater’s Possum’s range beginning from July 1st 2014 in the biggest change to harvesting practices ever implemented by VicForests - click here to read more.
A full list of the recommendations and the Technical Report developed by the Advisory Group can be found here
Victorian Auditor-General's report positive for VicForests 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.
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.
Going Bush looks at the relationship between fire and forestry and the argument that logging makes forests more fire prone.
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