It is important that the modernisation of the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and forest management system is guided by the latest robust science. This will ensure our forests are resilient and our management practices adaptive to a changing climate. The Victorian Government has committed to funding $17.6 million towards the RFA modernisation process. Of this amount, $7.5 million is being directly invested in updating assessments of a range of forest values.
Key deliverables for the research program include:
- $3.0 million to fund a landscape scale survey program for:
- threatened species
- updated habitat distribution models
- conducting population viability analysis;
- $3.2 million to update mapping of old growth forests and rainforests. This includes a major new acquisition of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data. The data will cover East Gippsland and areas of the Central Highlands not captured in 2015;
- $1.0 million to update assessments of a range of other ecosystem service, economic, social and community forest values
- $0.3 million investment in enhancing our modelling capability and decision support systems. This will assess the impacts of possible future forest management scenarios on a range of forest values.
We are also updating our information on timber resources.
Delivery of the research program is underway and will continue through to 30 June 2020. Findings from the research will inform the modernisation of Victoria’s RFAs along with future forest management planning and decisions.
Page last updated: 02/04/20