5 April 2018
VicForests said today that it respected the sentiments of South Gippsland Shire Council, which voted against native timber harvesting in Mirboo North.
“We urge the Council and the community to continue talking with us,” Alex Messina, VicForests General Manager Corporate Affairs said. READ MORE
29 March 2018
VicForests announced today that it would retain habitat areas around about 20 habitat trees identified through field assessments and three night surveys of the Noojee Backdoor coupe, scheduled for harvesting towards the end of April.
Alex Messina, VicForests General Manager Corporate Affairs said “This is part of a routine and thorough pre-harvest process designed to double check and update desktop data before any harvest. READ MORE
Regional Forest Agreements Extended
27 March 2018
The Federal and State Government has confirmed that the North East, Central Highlands and East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreements in Victoria will be extended to March 2020.
This provides certainty for our customers and contractors while a more extensive review by State and Federal Governments is undertaken.
Please see attached media releases issued by State and Federal Government.
Federal Media Release - Regional Forest Agreements provide for sustainable forest management
State Media Release - Certainty For Workers And The Future Of Our Forests
20 March 2018
After listening to the Noojee community VicForests has confirmed it will implement a 100 metre wide buffer on a timber harvesting coupe nearby to ensure the area will not be visible from the centre of town.
This buffer, which is an extension to the existing environmental buffers, was confirmed at an Open Day VicForests hosted in Noojee on Sunday 18 March. READ MORE
5 March 2018
VicForests is pleased that the Federal Court today rejected the argument brought against it by the Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum.
The Court found that VicForests’ operations in the Central Highlands were not affected by government delays in reviewing the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement. READ MORE
23 February 2018
The Rubicon State forest has been a vital resource in supplying quality timber products to Victorians and supporting the regional economy for more than 100 years.
The Rubicon sits within the Central Highlands Regional Forest Area which generates more than $500 million dollars and directly employs more than 2 000 people every year. READ MORE
15 February 2018
Protestors are blocking the road leading into the Strathbogie State forest in order to stop timber harvesting operations from commencing.
Arthur Rylah Institute has conducted surveys in this area and our Conservation Biologist individually markied trees to ensure best available habitat is protected for the Greater Glider. READ MORE
1 February 2018
A group of protestors stationed themselves at a live harvesting site in far East Gippsland putting themselves, and the workers, at risk and caused timber harvesting operations to be suspended.
The protestors have now been escorted from the area by authorised officers and operations can safely recommence. READ MORE
24 January 2017
The Neerim South Wetlands played host to the 2017 Neerim Frog Festival, celebrating a decade-long rehabilitation of the wetlands by Neerim District Landcare group.
Following a ‘pilot’ festival last year supported by VicForests, this year’s Neerim Frog Festival attracted more support, activities and attendees, who came out to see, and appreciate, Landcare’s work on the wetlands.
5 January 2018
The crew from 7MATE’s Going Bush recently joined VicForests, and a team of auditors, to learn how native timber harvesting operations are certified in Victoria.
Forest certification is important to VicForests because it provides reassurance from third-party experts that their operations comply with internationally recognised environmental standards.
13 December 2017
Consultation period runs from 4 December 2017 to 12 January 2018
VicForests is seeking input from local community members on the proposed updates to its Timber Release Plan, relating to timber harvesting operations in North East Victoria, West Gippsland and East Gippsland regions.
Listening to the community ensures that we are aware of what is important to them, so that we can incorporate these things into our plans. (More.)
13 December 2017
A $2,000 investment in Warragul-based charity, Baw Baw Combined Churches Food Relief, will go towards helping more than 700 families within the Baw Baw Shire access emergency food supplies.
The grant was provided by VicForests, as part of its Community Support Program, and will go towards the operational costs of the volunteer-run organisation, which relies on donations and contributions to continue providing its vital services to those in need. (More.)
8 December 2017
A low intensity timber harvesting operation will commence in the Strathbogies State forest in January 2018.
VicForests’ General Manager Stakeholders and Planning, Lachlan Spencer, said the operation will use the single-tree selection harvesting method. (More).
29 November 2017
Cann River Community Centre this year awarded two prizes worth $250 each as part of its 2017 Arts, Crafts and Photography Expo thanks to VicForests’ Community Support Program contributions.
The Expo, running from 3 to 7 November, had 189 entries from 61 artists, which showcased the artistic skills of the local community with a wide range of art forms represented, including quilting, painting, photography, drawing, soft textiles, woodwork and mixed media. (More)
21 November 2017
VicForests has commenced a stakeholder consultation phase to encourage relevent stakeholders to comment on our expertise in, and execution of, forestry management practices as journey towards our goal of seeking Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood (CW) certification for our operations in the regions of Central Highlands and East Gippsland. (More).
Click here to read more about our plans to seek FSC
15 November 2017
An environmental group has issued legal proceedings regarding VicForests operations under the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs).
Nathan Trushell, VicForests CEO, said VicForests believes its operations are in accordance with the Central Highlands RFA. (More).
1 November 2017
VicForests Media Statement regarding tabling of Parliamentary Inquiry Report. (More).
1 November 2017
VicForests Media Statement regarding harvesting delay in Princess Cut, East Gippsland. (More).
19 October 2017
VicForests has achieved a positive profit from operations before tax of $1.5 million in 2016/17, highlighting the continued demand for native timber in Victoria. This is a good result considering the operational challenges we have faced. The company’s result after tax was a loss of $3.2 million, due to a decrease in the accounting valuation of the area of State forest available to be harvested for timber. (More)
15 September 2017
The Victorian Government announced this morning that the purchase of the Heyfield Mill has been finanlised.
VicForests welcomes this announcement as it it a very positive outcome for the Victorian timber industry and the Heyfield community with clarity around the future arrangements for the mill. (More)
14 September 2017
VicForests attended a community meeting in Mirboo North on Thursday 14 September to speak to local residents about planned operations in the area.
Lachlan Spencer, VicForests General Manager Stakeholders and Planning said that VicForests openly encourages input from the public into its operations. (More).
8 September 2017
VicForests Media Statement responding to the community in Mirboo North 8/9/2017. (More).
7 September 2017
VicForests Media Statement responding to Frinds of the Earth report released on 7/9/2017 (More).
3 August 2017
Nathan Trushell has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of VicForests following a successful period of acting CEO.
VicForests’ Board Chair, Michael Humphris, said Mr Trushell brings a wealth of experience in the Victorian native timber industry. (More)
11 July 2017
VicForests has released its 2017 Resource Outlook which forecasts the amount of high quality timber that can be commercially supplied from State forests in eastern Victoria on a sustainable basis.
Nathan Trushell, Acting CEO VicForests said the Resource Outlook is developed using a range of systems and processes. (More)
10 July 2017
Every year hundreds of millions of eucalyptus seeds are spread across Victoria’s State forests.
The seeds are used to regrow areas that have been harvested to supply wood to Victoria’s timber industry. Helicopters aerially spread seeds over larger areas and smaller areas are sown by hand. READ MORE
5 June 2017
VicForests is inviting not for profit community groups and services to apply for a grant as part of its 2017 Community Support Program before the deadline of Friday 16 June 2017.
The Community Support Program has been designed by VicForests to assist regional community groups and services who are working to positively contribute to their local area. READ MORE