More than 600 Leadbeater's Possum colonies have been found and protected in Victoria. Each time a colony is detected in State forest a 12 hectare protection zone is immediately placed around the sighting.
Click here to read more about Victoria's State faunal emblem and what VicForests is doing to support the recovery of the Leadbeater's Possum.
A new state-of-the-art radial timber mill will be opening in Gippsland this month and is set to boost both productivity for the mill and jobs for the region.
Chris McEvoy, managing director of Radial Timber Australia said that the new mill opening in Yarram is a first of its kind in the world.
You may be aware of media reports this afternoon indicating that Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) will close its mill in Heyfield by September 2018.
This follows confirmation earlier today that ASH and the State Government have been unable to agree to terms over future timber supply following a final offer made to the owners of the mill by the Government this week.
Deloitte Access Economics: Economic Assessment of the native timber industry in Central Highlands RFA Area
Deloitte Access Economics conducted a study which found that activity in the Central Highlands RFA generated $573 million dollars of economic activity and directly employed 2,117 full time equivalent workers, including 281 full time equivalent workers directly employed by VicForests and its contractors.