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.
Each new area considered to be included on a TRP is subject to desktop and field assessments that aim to highlight potential forest biodiversity, social, historical, cultural, soil and water issues that may require management prior to and during the proposed operation.
Planning for how each site will be successfully regenerated also commences at an early stage.
To view the Approved Timber Release Plan, please click here.
Coupe Location - Interactive Map
Interactive online map- Click on the below image of the map to view VicForests' areas of operations and the coupes currently listed on the Approved Timber Release Plan (Note: the use of Firefox or Google Chrome is recommended when viewing the Interactive Map)
To view the interactive map please click here, or on the image below.
VicForests’ Foresters will first conduct a computer-based analysis on an area that may be able to be harvested. This assessment checks for values that have previously been identified and mapped in a particular area.
These values may include things such as streams, gullies, historical or cultural sites of significance, numerous flora and fauna species, threatened habitat such as for the Leadbeater’s Possum, and other important environmental features.
A field visit the proposed harvest area, which is called a ‘coupe’. In Forestry a 'coupe' is the proposed area that is planned for operations.
Our Foresters will visit the site and walk the area to check for the presence of anything the computer-based assessment may not have picked up. During this visit, they will concentrate on; accessibility to the area and road requirements; tree species, size and height; potential harvest area (coupe size); and, any values present in the area.
This is also an important stage in biodiversity planning and management. During a field visit, our Foresters will often identify special values that may not have shown up on the mapping in the desktop phase.
Tree habitat assessments are also conducted using new technology to capture habitat tree information and location. This information is stored in our GIS systems and used to complement any decisions that are made on coupe.
To ensure that we identify species that may require protection in an area that is available for harvesting, the Tactical Planning team and Conservation Biologist take a range of steps to minimise any potential disturbances to threatened wildlife that may occur during a timber harvesting operation.
Stakeholder Engagement: Public Consultation Period
Once an area has been assessed it will be added to a draft plan. Once the draft plan is completed, coupes listed on the plan will be circulated to stakeholders.
The draft plan is communicated via:
the Proposed Timber Release Plan (TRP);
advertisements in local newspapers
notification on our website
social media and;
letters to known local residents and interested stakeholders.
A public consultation period is provided to give stakeholders the opportunity to submit comments regarding the Proposed Timber Release Plan. However, VicForests welcomes relevant queries at any time during our planning process.
Please email TRP Enquiry with your contact details and queries.
Following stakeholder consultation, TRP documentation and the planning process is verified as being consistent with all legislative requirements before being submitted to the VicForests Board for approval.
Once approved, planning for operations on specific coupes can begin. It is in the Operations stage that the values are identified and physically marked out and protected.
To view the Approved Timber Release Plan, please click here