As leaders in sustainable forest management our activities are informed by the latest research and guided by best practice.
Through this approach our forest management continues to evolve. As such, we now incorporate an increased focus on the inter-relationships of forest ecosystems, balancing ecological and social factors with responsible economic practices.
Prior to any harvesting, we have an extensive planning process, with a particular focus on conservation values.
All of our harvesting activities are conducted in accordance with relevant policies, procedures, strategies, agreements and legislation.
Victoria has about 8.05 million hectares of public land.
More than 4.2 million hectares of Victoria’s total public land are dedicated conservation areas in the form of national parks and other conservation reserves.
The remaining 3.2 million hectares is state forest that is managed in accordance with Victoria’s Forest Management Zoning Scheme (FMZ Scheme).
Only 367,000 hectares are modelled as potentially suitable for commercial harvesting.*
Around 3000 hectares, or 0.04 per cent, of public land is harvested a year.
About 94 per cent of Victorian native forests are in protected areas that cannot be harvested or are unsuitable.
*This figure takes into account an additional 90,000 hectares of exclusions applied by VicForests.
Figures updated September 2021
We operate within designated areas of state forest that are managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
DELWP has custodial or ownership rights over public land in Victoria and is responsible for managing Victoria’s entire publicly-owned state forest estate. They are also responsible for regulating compliance of our activities in accordance with the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014.