Tick for for­est man­age­ment

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM -

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.

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