Proposed new coupe boundaries and proposed new access driveways
VicForests has commenced consultation on changes to its Timber Release Plan (TRP). VicForests is conducting its public consultation process from 26 June to 10 July 2020 to ensure suitable input and comment from affected and interested parties, including the community, regarding the proposed TRP change.
In response to the 2019/20 bushfire season, VicForests has developed a bushfire recovery timber harvesting program to responsibly and sustainably harvest a very small part of the fire affected area.
The TRP change proposes an additional 59 new coupes in the Benalla-Mansfield, North-East and Tambo Forest Management Areas.
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.
These proposed coupes are all in fire impacted areas and have been prioritised as they contain areas of fire killed Ash forest. Any harvesting of these fire killed areas would be done in compliance with the fire salvage harvesting requirements contained within 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.
Feedback from the consultation process will be assessed to be incorporated in our coupe planning process prior the TRP Amendment being approved by the VicForests Board.
As part of VicForests' planning review, we are proposing the following changes to the TRP:
The sustainable addition of new coupes to meet our rolling schedule of timber supply commitments
Implement the bushfire recovery timber harvesting program
The addition of new driveways required for access to these proposed new coupes
Proposed Changes to Timber Release Plan - Interactive Map
Interactive online map- Click on the below map for an overview of the TRP.
(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.
For further information on bushfire harvesting and on the TRP,click here.
Additional background information
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 are provided in the following table, indicating the number of coupes within each Forest Management Area (FMA):
TRP amendments summary: Number of proposed coupes by FMA
Forest Management Area
Associated Coupe Driveways*
Benalla / Mansfield
*Please note that the coupe driveways are not extra coupes, they are only associated with particular coupes.