VicForests believes that engaging with the communities in the areas in which it operates is critical to keeping people informed about forest management practices and activities, and to enable communities to make informed decisions about VicForests’ operations.
VicForests continues to foster positive community relationships and maintains a presence at regional and metropolitan events in the regions in which it operates.
By developing strong relationships VicForests aims to improve community understanding of its operations and make the organisation more transparent. VicForests also aims to make people more aware of the planning processes used prior to operations commencing to encourage the community’s participation by identifying forest values that are important to them.
VicForests is a member of many local communities. Our staff, contractors and customers, work and live across the state and are committed to contributing to regional communities.
VicForests regularly supports and assist local communities, from financial assistance via Community Support program grants, to timber and bark donations, as well as ongoing partnerships with local groups and services, we strive to enhance the communities we work and live in. Find out more about VicForests and communities.
VicForests recognises that many groups have strongly held views about the harvesting of publicly-owned native forests. VicForests engages with a wide range of stakeholder groups to hear their views and discuss operational concerns. VicForests holds Open House events where interested members of the public can call in and ask their forestry or operational related questions in an informal environment.Example of a recent Open House event.
VicForests welcomes stakeholder feedback into our operations at any time but also provides formal opportunities for input into our plans and operations.
For more information on VicForests' Stakeholder Engagement Framework, click here.
Click on the links below for more information on our FSC 2020 roadmap and proposed Timber Release Plan amendment: