To ensure our forests are resilient and our management practices adaptive to a changing climate, it is important that forest management is guided by the latest science. The Victorian Government has committed $17.6 million towards the RFA modernisation process and future forest management planning and decisions. 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.
Page last updated: 24/06/21