Timber Release Plan
Following this process, a proposed Timber Release Plan (TRP) is prepared and submitted to the VicForests Board for approval.
The TRP is provided to Stakeholders for comment and are generally made on an annual basis, although changes can be made at other times including where exceptional circumstances exist (for example following major bushfires).
The Legislative Framework
After the Allocation Order to VicForests has been gazetted by the Minister for Agriculture, a Timber Release Plan (TRP) is developed. Timber Release Plans show the location of areas which may be sustainably harvested and regenerated by VicForests.
The TRP is prepared in accordance with the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004. They provide a range of information including:
- A schedule of coupes selected for timber harvesting
- The location and approximate timing of timber harvesting in the proposed coupes
- The location of any associated access roads.
- The TRP may be reviewed and changed in accordance with the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004.
Each new area considered to be included on a TRP is subject to desktop and field assessments that aim to highlight potential forest biodiversity, social, historical, cultural, soil and water issues that may require management prior to and during the proposed operation.
Planning for how each site will be successfully regenerated also commences at this early stage.