Proposed Changes to the Timber Release Plan 2019 - open for consultation
The Timber Release Plan (TRP) is now open for public consultation, and feedback can be submitted here.
Open house Wednesday 11 December 2019
VicForests is hosting an Open House at Traralgon at the Quality Inn, Traralgon, commencing from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. For further details, please email email@example.com.
The TRP identifies areas called coupes that may be harvested for timber over the coming years. The TRP lists the coupes, their location, forest type and harvest method. It is drawn from a larger area called the Allocation Order which gives VicForests access to State forests timber resources under the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004.
This Allocation Order is provided by the Minister for Agriculture and published in the Victorian Government gazette.
Feedback from the consultation process will be assessed to be incorporated in our coupe planning process prior the TRP being approved by the VicForests Board.
As part of VicForests' planning review, we are proposing the following changes to the TRP:
The modification of boundaries on existing coupes, based on improved planning information
The sustainable addition of new coupes to meet our rolling schedule of timber supply commitments
The addition of new driveways required for access to existing coupes
The modification of silvicultural techniques for existing coupes
The removal of coupes that are no longer scheduled for harvesting, or coupes that have been harvested and successfully regenerated
TRP information survey
To help VicForests understand the value of this consultation and improve the way it conducts consultation in the future, please submit your feedback on the process here.
Proposed Changes to the Timber Release Plan - Interactive Map
Interactive online map- Click on the below map for an overview of the proposed TRP amendments.
(Note: it is recommend to use Firefox or Google Chrome when viewing the Interactive Map)
To access a guide to use of the Interactive TRP map click here.
VicForests will not be harvesting old growth forest. Based on current models, there is approximately 90,000 hectares of old growth forest in areas remaining available for timber harvesting.
The old growth indicated in the DELWP spatial layer is based on modelled old growth, not surveyed and identified old growth forests, and is indicative only. VicForests will identify old growth forest through field surveys and protect old growth forest stands from harvesting.
The Chief Conservation Regulator (CCR) has released its old growth field identification procedure for public consultation, and is available to view here. VicForests will apply the CCR draft field procedure to new coupe planning.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will continue to update mapped old growth models using LiDAR Data.
No new coupes are proposed for harvesting in Immediate Protection Areas.
In planning and conducting timber harvesting operations, VicForests will comply with the conservation measures and actions in the Greater Glider Action Statement.
Summary of changes
A summary of the proposed changes is provided in the following table, indicating the number of proposed coupes within each Forest Management Area (FMA):
Proposed TRP change summary: Number of proposed coupes by FMA