High Conservation Values (HCVs) and Harvesting & Regeneration Systems 2019
As part of its FSC 2020 project, VicForests has reviewed and amended its Harvesting and Regeneration Systems and High Conservation Values (HCVs) Management Systems to better align with FSC Controlled Wood standard.
VicForests has released the following plans after extensive stakeholder input:
In response to the 2018 FSC Controlled Wood audit, VicForests has set out a targeted program to address issues raised in the report and prepare for a further evaluation against FSC Controlled Wood standard in 2020. This response commits to improve VicForests operations and engagement and ensure the best position to achieve Controlled Wood in the future.
This roadmap commits VicForests to:
Develop and implement new practices to further reduce boundary encroachments
Review harvest methods and regeneration practices including in relation to the impact on HCVs and Old Growth stands
Revise and improve a new stakeholder engagement plan
Activities to achieve these goals fall within three key focus areas being adaptive silvicultural regimes and outcomes, High Conservation Value (HCV) retention, protection and compliance; and enhanced stakeholder engagement. As part of this, VicForests will identify measures to guide and mark its progress across these areas which will be monitored by internal compliance and certification staff.
This monitoring and assessment will, in turn, inform training plans and implementation guidelines and methods. Figure 2 (opposite) outlines VicForests intended activity plan in accordance with these three focus areas and maps this against a proposed audit plan and timeline.