This Act outlines that all forest produce in state forest is the property of the Crown. The Act also prohibits the removal of produce from state forest except in accordance with the regulations. Provisions are also made in relation to the development and implementation of working plans for state forest with respect to control, maintenance, protection and taking of produce; fire management in state forests; and outlines offences in state forests. This Act is administered by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change except for section 99(19C) which is administered by the Minister for Agriculture.
The Forest Management Planning framework in Victoria includes measures to conserve a range of significant biodiversity values in State forest. These measures complement the protection provided by the extensive National park and reserve system.
Nine Forest Management Plans have been developed to guide forest management activities across Victoria.
Forest Management Plans are also one of the main mechanisms for public consultation with community interest groups and stakeholders, allowing transparency in the decision-making and implementation of precautionary approach to biodiversity management.