Restrictions are in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. Learn more
VicForests’ story is social, economic and environmental.
We are a state-owned business, tasked to harvest, commercially sell and sustainably regrow timber from Victoria’s state forests.
In fire prone landscapes, intense bushfires can remove entire forests creating a sterile ash bed needed for falling seeds to germinate new forests.
Following bushfires, VicForests carefully manages our harvesting and regeneration program.
Not all parts of the tree are the same. We aim to use as many parts of the tree as possible.
Below are some examples of how we use the timber from different parts of the tree.
Forests play a key role in maintaining and improving water quality and quantity through a range of vital ecological processes.
In Victoria, VicForests carefully plan and manage our timber harvesting operations to protect water quality and quantity, rivers and waterways.
Melbourne’s water catchments cover 157,000 hectares across the state and public access to these areas is tightly restricted to protect water quality.
The majority of Melbourne’s water comes from catchments where no timber harvesting occurs and public access is not permitted.
Sustainably harvested wood is the The Ultimate RenewableTM. It is natural and regrows to support biodiversity.
Sustainably managed forests create a higher capacity to absorb carbon.
The Timber Release Plan (TRP) is a plan identifying areas called coupes that may be harvested for timber.
The TRP lists the coupes, their locations, the type of forest within and the method of harvesting that would be used in each one.
VicForests plays an important role in sourcing timber. We also focus on the long-term sustainability of the native timber industry.
Did you know that VicForests re-seeds and replants trees in all areas where harvesting takes place to ensure the forest grows back?
The seeds used are sourced from local regions to ensure the trees that grow back match the mix of species that existed on the site prior to harvesting.
To identify areas suitable for harvesting within the available forest a dedicated team of VicForests planning specialists follow rigorous planning processes.
VicForests is committed to learning about and protecting the Leadbeater's Possum. We are at the forefront of research to understand the possum's habitat, home range and ecology.
VicForests team of scientists and the expert foresters are focused on the protection of endangered species while overseeing sustainable timber harvesting.
VicForests puts a range of measures in place during our operations to protect biodiversity.
We help ensure there is habitat available for native fauna by retaining habitat trees and seed trees in areas where harvesting takes place.