How we use timber from different parts of the tree
Not all parts of the tree are the same. We aim to ensure as many parts of the tree are utilised as possible.
Below are some examples of how we use the timber from different parts of the tree.
Protecting Victoria’s Flora and Fauna
VicForests puts a range of measures in place during its operations to protect biodiversity.
VicForests helps to ensure there is habitat available for native fauna by retaining habitat trees and seed trees in areas where harvesting takes place.
Plantations - Complementing Victoria's Native Forest Timber
What is the difference between plantation timber and native forest hardwood?
Plantations and native forests are both important sources of wood in Victoria.
Victoria's old growth forests
Many people assume that trees which are big and look old are considered to be ‘Old Growth’ forest.
‘Old growth forests’ are forests with large groups of trees which display certain characteristics. These characteristics are developed over many years and signify the age of the trees.
Victoria’s Native Timber Industry
There are around 7.8 million hectares of native forest in Victoria.
More than 90% of these forests are unavailable or unsuitable for timber harvesting operations.
Regrowing Victoria’s Forests
Did you know that VicForests re-seeds and replants trees in all areas where harvesting takes place to ensure the forest grows back?
The seeds used are sourced from local regions to ensure the trees which grow back match the mix of species that existed on the site prior to harvesting.
VicForests' Planning Process
To identify areas suitable for harvesting within the available forest a dedicated team of VicForests planning specialists follow rigorous planning processes.
Native Timber Harvesting in Melbourne's Water Catchments
Melbourne’s water catchments cover 157,000 hectares across the State and public access to these areas is tightly restricted to protect water quality.
The majority of Melbourne’s water comes from catchments where no timber harvesting occurs and public access is not permitted.