VicForests is a State-owned business responsible for the harvest, commercial sale and re growing of timber from Victoria's State forests on behalf of the Government.
VicForests regrows all harvested areas with the same type of forest that was originally there and the vast majority of Victoria’s native forests will never be harvested. We harvest approximately 3000 hectares each year, which is around 0.04% of Victoria's native forests.
Prior to any harvesting a thorough multi-layered planning process is undertaken to consider the management of the many environmental and other values present in the forest. In addition to this, we partner with scientists, government and other stakeholders to proactively adapt our practices to achieve best outcomes. Listening to the community ensures that we are aware of what is important to them, so that we can incorporate these things into our plans.
The native timber industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to regional Victoria regional each year. The products made from the wood we sell have a unique hardness, strength, durability and beauty that only slow grown native hardwood timber can produce. This timber is used to produce high quality furniture, flooring and other building materials as well as quality writing and office paper.
Our staff passionately care about forests, that is why they have chosen to undertaken specialist degrees and spend their life working in the forest. VicForests employs a variety of professionals in a range of fields from environmental and forest scientists to ecologists, policy and compliance officers and research and modelling analysts. View career opportunities here.