Proposed Timber Utilisation Plan - November 2019 (2019/20 - 2022/23)
The TUP is now open for public consultation, and feedback can be submitted here.
The Timber Utilisation Plan (TUP) lists VicForests' planned harvesting and regeneration activities for the coming years. It is updated regularly to maintain our ability to meet supply commitments in the short and medium term.
The TUP is used by VicForests to manage areas where timber extraction is to occur outside of the Allocated Area and is authorised via a Forest Produce Licence issued under the Forests Act. These operations predominately occur in the west of the State.
Community feedback is sought on specific operational aspects of our proposed new harvesting locations or boundary changes. This process is an opportunity to provide comment regarding concerns with:
The timing of harvesting operations;
The use of particular haulage routes;
The proximity of proposed harvesting to private property or public use areas; or
The identification and protection of other forest values within specific harvesting sites.
TUP 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 TUP Map
The TUP maps display:
The ‘gross’ area of a coupe within which harvesting may take place. The gross area may include areas which will not be harvested to aid operational efficiencies or to align the boundary to a feature in the landscape (e.g. a road).
Forest management zones, major forest roads and towns
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 proposed changes to the TUP is provided in the following table and is broken down via Forest Management Area (FMA).
Proposed TUP Summary: Proposed Changes by Forest Management Area
Forest Management Area
Proposed amended boundary
Proposed more intensive harvesting
Proposed new boundary
Timber Utilisation Plan Schedules (tables)
The TUP schedules (tables) contain:
Summary of proposed changes
Proposed coupes for standard operations
Proposed coupes for hazardous tree removal and salvage provision
Coupes proposed for removal from the TUP
The gross area of each coupe, which is the area within which harvesting may occur
The silviculture category from which the harvesting method will be determined
The categories used to describe the TUP modification type within the TUP schedule are outlined below:
New coupe: New area proposed for harvesting which is not on the current TUP;
Change to silvicultural intent: A proposed change to the type of silviculture which may be used to harvest the coupe from that on the current TUP;
Boundary amendment: A coupe on the approved TUP where a change to the boundary is proposed.
To view VicForests' Proposed TUP schedules and associated documentation, please click on the below link: