The report provides information required for the management of Victoria's forests and helps ensure the right decisions are made about how these important natural assets are managed.
Highlights of the 2013 State of the Forests Report include:
- New monitoring programs greatly improved our capacity to demonstrate sustainable forest management through more and better data
- Delivery of a more holistic landscape approach to sustainable forest management including strengthened auditing and compliance and greater focus on monitoring the environmental and social outcomes of timber harvesting
- Public forests continued to support industries and recreational activities
- Forest related businesses employed more than 21,000 people and produced 25% of Australia's wood products (value $450 million, 2010-11) while supporting communities across Victoria
- High level of compliance (more than 93%) with prescriptions for timber production harvesting and coupe closure activities
- Planned burning on public land expanded to reduce hazard, protect human life and maintain forest health
- Introduction of a new approach to managing threatened species, providing opportunities for sustainable timber harvesting whilst managing biodiversity
- Formal agreements entered into with four Traditional Owner groups in connection to the management of almost 300,000 hectares of traditional lands, including new agreements made on more than 76,000 hectares of public forests
- Formal protection status of a greater proportion of Victorian land: up from less than 1% (1950s) to 17%
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How to reference this report
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (2014).
Victoria's State of the Forests Report 2013. Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.