VicForests’ Timber Release Plan and Timber Utilisation Plan approved
15 December 2020
VicForests has today released the amended Timber Release Plan (TRP) and Timber Utilisation Plan (TUP).
The amendments to the TRP include the addition of 261 new coupes, 33 amended coupes and 6 access requirements. 38 coupes were removed. The approved TUP includes 9 new coupes and 1 amended coupe.
VicForests’ Board has approved the amendments to the TRP, in accordance with the requirements of the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004, a notice in relation to the amended TRP was published in the Victoria Government Gazette S 662 on Monday 14 December 2020.
The Board also approved the amendments to the TUP in alignment with the Management Standards and Procedures for timber harvesting operations in Victoria’s State forests (2014).
The approved plans provide industry with certainty and help communities to understand where timber harvesting may take place.
All timber harvesting and regeneration operations have and will continue to be conducted in accordance with Victoria’s strict environmental regulations and the State’s Forest Management Zoning scheme.
VicForests’ operations are regulated and monitored by Victoria’s Office of the Conservation Regulator, including through the Victorian Government Forest Audit Program. VicForests is committed to complying with or exceeding regulatory controls to ensure the sustainable management of forest areas.
A schedule of the approved timber harvesting areas as well as location maps are available on the VicForests website at approved TRP and approved TUP.