Tick for forest management
VicForests has been given a tick for its management of State forests.
An Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) surveillance audit of responsible wood certification found VicForests conformed across all indicators assessed in the audit.
VicForests general manager of corporate affairs Alex Messina said the organisation was proud that it has maintained its AFS certification for more than 10 years.
He said this year’s report noted the continual improvement of management systems and the emphasis placed on harvest planning and preparation and biodiversity values, including harvesting operations and protection of fauna such as Leadbeater’s Possum and Greater Glider.
Mr Messina said VicForests harvested native timber in a sustainable manner.
“We go to regenerate harvested areas with the same forest type”. What we harvest, we grow back, he said. Vic Forests harvests about 3000 hectares each year which is 0.04 per cent of Victoria’s 7.1 million hectares of public forests.
It says that, nominally, the harvest equates to only four of every 10,000 trees.