The management of state forest includes making policy and management decisions commensurate with Victoria's comprehensive legal framework.
Forest Act 1958
Provides for the management of state forests, including the development of working plans to protect public land from fire, to maintain and improve state forests, and for licensed occupations including grazing, beekeeping and the sale of forest produce.
Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004
Provides for the sustainable management of forests. Implements the Sustainability Charter for Victoria's State Forests and the framework for State of the Forests reporting. Provides for the allocation of timber to VicForests through the Allocation Order.
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Provides a structure to enable and promote the conservation of Victoria’s native flora and fauna, and manage potentially threatening processes. It provides for the creation of a threatened species list. Sustainable forest management includes the maintenance and conservation of biodiversity, which is incorporated into the sustainable forest management system.
Regional Forest Agreements
Agreements between the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth that establish targets and commitments for the conservation and use of state forests. The RFAs provide a basis for the design of Victoria’s comprehensive, adequate and representatives system of formal and informal reserves, including national parks and state forests. You can read about Regional Forest Agreements here.