VicForests engages regularly with independent experts to ensure that it applies scientific rigour and best practice to forest management operations across Victoria. To support the sustainable management of State forests, we established the VicForests Science Committee in 2021.
The VicForests Science Committee met recently in the Wombat State Forest to inspect storm-damaged forest and associated forest recovery operations.
Windthrown timber following severe storms in the Wombat State Forest.
The committee considered the need for balancing the removal of heavy debris, reducing the fire risk to local communities and retaining fallen logs for biodiversity and habitat.
As well as mitigating bushfire risk, the operations are taking place to improve forest health and resilience and to assist Traditional Land Owners the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to help restore Country in the area.
The committee provides independent advice to VicForests on ecologically sustainable forest management, assists the development and application of best-practice forest management principles, supports the development of policy positions and identifying gaps in scientific knowledge, and reviews forest practices.
Membership of the committee includes Adjunct Professor William (Bill) Jackson (Chair), Associate Professor Sue Baker, Associate Professor Anthony Boxshall, Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher and Professor Rodney Keenan.
Members of the Science committee on their recent inspection of the Wombat State forest and associated forest recovery operations.