The public consultation for the Timber Release Plan (TRP) is now closed. If you have any questions on the proposed TRP please email VF Engage.
The Proposed TRP identifies areas called coupes that may be harvested for timber over the coming years. It is drawn from a larger area called the Allocation Order which gives VicForests access to State forests timber resources under the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004.
VicForests has closed consultation on changes to its Timber Release Plan (TRP). VicForests conducted its public consultation process from 7 August to 14 September 2020 to ensure suitable input and comment from affected and interested parties, including the community, regarding the proposed TRP change.
As part of this change process, coupes are proposed to be added to the TRP to ensure we have flexibility to meet our contractual commitments to customers, contractors, and licensees.
Any harvesting would be done in compliance with the Management Standards and Procedures for timber harvesting operations in Victoria’s State forests (2014) as well as VicForests’ own adaptive management procedures.
In doing so, VicForests’ adaptive management approach to harvesting provides for the protection of habitat and forest regeneration.
This Allocation Order is provided by the Minister for Agriculture and published in the Victorian Government gazette.
Feedback from the consultation process will be assessed to be incorporated in our coupe planning process prior the TRP being approved by the VicForests Board.
Proposed Changes to Timber Release Plan - Interactive Map
Interactive online map- Click on the below map for an overview of the proposed TRP amendments.
(Note: it is recommend to use Firefox or Google Chrome when viewing the Interactive Map)
To access a guide to use of the Interactive TRP map click here.
Proposed new coupe boundaries on existing coupes, based on improved planning information
The addition of new driveways required for access to existing coupes
The removal of coupes that are no longer scheduled for harvesting
VicForests will not be harvesting old growth forest.
The old growth indicated in the DELWP spatial layer is based on modelled old growth, not surveyed and identified old growth forests, and is indicative only. VicForests will identify old growth forest through field surveys and protect old growth forest stands from harvesting.
In planning and conducting timber harvesting operations, VicForests will comply with the conservation measures and actions in the Greater Glider Action Statement.
Summary of changes
A summary of the proposed changes is provided in the following table, indicating the number of proposed coupes within each Forest Management Area (FMA):