We harvest, sell and regrow sustainable timber from Victoria’s native forests. Find out more
National biodiversity month an opportunity to showcase VicForests’ focus on biodiversity
A message from our CEO, Monique Dawson
While we officially celebrate nature’s symphony of biodiversity during National Biodiversity month every September, at VicForests our biodiversity scientists and experts are literally “walking the talk” in our state forests throughout the year.
Week after week, they are out in our native forests conducting extensive flora, fauna and habitat surveys – including surveys over several nights – to ensure we identify the presence of native flora and fauna and habitat trees that need protecting.
National biodiversity month is an opportunity to showcase our focus on protecting the rich diversity of our unique native animals and plants living in our rich, diverse and wonderful forests as part of our harvesting operations.
Each year we harvest around 3000 hectares, which is around 0.04% of Victoria's native forests, in order to supply sustainably harvested timber to industry.
Before any harvesting, we conduct extensive flora, fauna and habitat surveys. The Conservation Regulator also conducts pre-harvest surveys in coupes with highest priority through the Forest Protection Survey Program.
These surveys tell us which prescriptions are needed to protect important environmental and cultural values specific to each area or coupe, including retaining hollow-bearing trees to protect species that live and dwell within them.
Our pre-harvest studies and surveys include: Arboreal Spotlight and Owl Call Playback surveys, Flora surveys, Old Growth Forest Identification surveys, Habitat Tree surveys, Targeted and localised Biodiversity Flora & Fauna site inspections and Spotlight surveys.
After harvesting, through careful planning and replanting we regrow all harvested areas with the same type of forest that was originally there for the future enjoyment of generations to come.
A point of pride for us is surveying the forest post-harvest and witnessing endangered species living and thriving because their habitats have not been disturbed.
Like everyone, we care about protecting our precious flora and wildlife in our native forests and take our responsibility of sustainably harvesting coupes within our state forests for today and future generations seriously.
Timber recovery post storm event
If you have wind thrown timber following the storm event that may be able to be processed by our timber processors please contact VFS Admin on email@example.com
If the timber is more than 3 metres in length and 40cm in diameter, please contact us detailing how much timber is on your property, your location and the dimensions. We can then get in touch to assess the timber and give you advice on how that timber can be used.
We are working as fast as we can to get to everyone who contacted us for advice. Our experts will get back to you as soon as they can.