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Forests of Mirboo North (Photo credit: T Kelly (DELWP)

Have your say on the future use and management of State forests

Have your say on the future use and management of State forests in eastern Victoria. This includes the land status of over 146,000 hectares of Immediate Protection Areas.

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) will utilise the best available science to identify forest values that need protection.

An Eminent Panel will lead conversations with Traditional Owners and the Victorian community. Karen Cain, current Chief Executive of the Latrobe Valley Authority, will chair the panel.

The panel will provide recommendations and a timeline for the government to reclassify each of the current Immediate Protection Areas, and plan how State forests are managed as native timber harvesting ceases in 2030.

Location of Immediate Protection Areas and State forest in eastern Victoria (DELWP) (PDF, 2.9 MB)

Consultation will begin later this year

Engagement for Immediate Protection Areas at Mirboo North and Strathbogie Ranges will start later this year.

Engagement for Immediate Protection Areas in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland will begin later, in 2022. This process will also look at the future of all State forests in eastern Victoria.

We’ll be using the outcomes of this consultation process, as well as what you have told us as part of Future of our Forests, to understand each community’s ambitions for Victoria’s State forests.

Further details of the panel’s engagement program will be released shortly.

Victorian Forestry Plan

The Victorian Government has developed the Victorian Forestry Plan to assist the industry as it manages its gradual transition away from native forest harvesting.

In developing the Victorian Forestry Plan, the Victorian Government has aimed to strike the right balance between the environment and jobs.

That includes the phasing out of all native forest harvesting by 2030, while at the same time supporting workers, businesses and communities.

Under the plan, 90,000 hectares of Victoria’s remaining old growth forest has been protected.

The plan established 96,000 hectares of Immediate Protection Areas, now exempt from timber harvesting. The Immediate Protection Areas were created to protect the future of the Greater Glider, alongside the Leadbeater’s Possum and more than 35 other threatened species. When combined with existing protections, the total area of protection areas is 149,000 hectares.

The announcement included the release of the Greater Glider Action Statement, an important roadmap to protect this iconic species, which was first listed as threatened in 2017.

By providing a long-term plan, we’re giving workers and businesses time to plan for their future and the industry as a whole time to move away from native timber harvesting.

For more information on the Victorian Forestry Plan and community support package, please visit: https://djpr.vic.gov.au/forestry/forestry-plan

Contact us

For more information on the Immediate Protection Areas, you can contact us here: https://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/futureforests/working-with-community/contact-us

Contact email address: future.forests@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 19/01/22