Regeneration burns are a crucial step of VicForests’ operations and facilitating the effective regeneration of forests is required under the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014.
It remains the most ecologically suitable method of preparing a site for regeneration as it replicates the natural process for many of the species in Victoria’s forests.
With a focus on retention harvesting, VicForests has moved away from the reliance on high intensity regeneration burns to prepare a harvested area for seeding.
Our highly skilled regeneration and fire staff carefully plan and manage a broad suite of regeneration treatments that aim to protect the retained trees and habitat in a coupe.
We take extra precautions in areas that contain high conservation values in order to protect these values during burning. Such areas include Special Protection Zones that protect identified Leadbeater’s Possum colonies, old growth forest, Greater Gliders habitat, Tree Geebung, cultural heritage values and other protected flora and fauna.
The burn plans are developed in conjunction with Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) (including road closures). All burns are authorised by DELWP prior to ignition and are closely patrolled by crews on location.
Regeneration burning is undertaken when the fire risk is reduced and the weather is suitable.
Our trained fire staff work in conjunction with Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) to safely conduct annual regeneration burns. FFMVic consists of specialist staff drawn from DELWP, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests.
For more information on Victoria’s planned burning, including information on upcoming burns and smoke monitoring please visit Forest Fire Management Victoria: Planned burning in Victoria