The Timber Release Plan (TRP) covers areas in the Eastern defined forest area, that have been allocated to us by a government Allocation Order, or via special authorisation.
The TRP shows areas where we may conduct operations in state forests, including timber harvesting. These areas are divided into sections of the forest called coupes.
The plan is regularly reviewed and updated where coupes are added, subtracted or amended. Coupes on the TRP have undergone initial planning and assessment processes by our expert planners who consider a range of factors including type and quality of timber, demand, and forest biodiversity and cultural values. These coupes have also been subject to a public consultation period.
Prior to harvesting all coupes undergo detailed planning.
The TRP supports the ongoing responsible timber supply to local customers in accordance with the Victorian Forestry Plan.
The approved TRP
VicForests' changed Timber Release Plan was approved by the VicForests Board and gazetted on 15 September 2021.
The schedule of coupes is used in conjunction with the spatial data to comprise the approved TRP.
The TRP documentation displays all coupes on the approved TRP irrespective of their harvesting status.
Coupes may be at different stages of the harvesting cycle with some areas already harvested and undergoing regeneration, and others yet to be harvested.
According to Management Standards and Procedures for Timber Harvesting Operations in Victoria's State Forests 2014:
Where a coupe boundary shown on a TRP map is mapped to a geographic feature and the actual location of that geographic feature does not match the mapped location, VicForests may move the coupe boundary a maximum of 50m from the mapped boundary to align with the actual location of the intended boundary feature.
Where any coupe boundary overlaps a SPZ, an exemption or temporary variation will be sought from DELWP prior to harvesting; otherwise, the area will be excluded from harvesting and associated operations.
VicForests' areas of operations and the coupes currently listed on the approved TRP can be viewed on the interactive map.
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