There have been recent instances of community members entering coupes illegally.
These incursions into Timber Harvesting Safety Zones (THSZ) put those involved at significant risk of serious injury or death.
At a time of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, these incursions also may breach social distancing rules and put those entering the coupes, and VicForests staff and contractors at unnecessary risk. Fines may apply for breaching these restrictions (see “on-the-spot fines” for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at vic.gov.au).
To view coupes that have had a Timber Harvesting Safety Zone (THSZ) applied, go to THSZ.
North East Region (includes North-East, Benalla-Mansfield, Central and Dandenong FMAs)
During the bushfires, VicForests was requested by the Emergency Services Commissioner and Forest Fire Management Victoria to establish a training coupe for accreditation of key non-VicForests personnel for the bushfire recovery tasks. Necessary accreditations will be achieved via TAFE and through the use of this training coupe (Sea View). The coupe will be harvested with a 40% variable retention method. The Office of the Conservation Regulator (OCR) has scrutinised all aspects of the coupe plan prior to coupe commencement.
VicForests regions are outlined in the map below. Note that North East Region includes North-East, Benalla-Mansfield, Central and Dandenong FMAs; West Gippsland Region includes Central Gippsland FMA; East Gippsland includes Tambo and East Gippsland FMAs.