State of the forests report
Victoria's State of the Forests Report 2013
Victoria's State of the Forests Report is issued every five years to fulfil sustainable forest management reporting requirements under the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004. The report contributes knowledge required for informed management of Victoria's forests to help ensure the right decisions are made about how these important natural assets are managed.
Highlights of the 2013 State of the Forests Report include:
- New monitoring programs that have greatly improved the state's capacity to demonstrate sustainable forest management through access to more and better data
- DEPI delivery of a more holistic landscape approach to sustainable forest management, with strengthened auditing and compliance and a greater focus on monitoring the environmental and social outcomes of timber harvesting
- Public forests continue to support industries and recreational pursuits including, apiary sites, extractive materials, game hunting and seed collection
- Forest related businesses employ over 21,000 people and product 25% of Australia's wood products value ($450 million, 2010-11) while, supporting communities across Victoria
- The forest audit program found a high level of compliance (over 93%) with prescriptions for timber production harvesting and coupe closure activities in the reporting period
- Planned burning on public land has been expanded to reduce hazards and protect human life and maintain forest health
- DEPI is introducing a new approach to managing threatened species, providing opportunities for sustainable timber harvesting while managing biodiversity
- Formal agreements have been entered into with four Traditional Owner groups in connection to the management of a total of almost 300,000 hectares of their traditional lands, including new agreements made on more than 76,000 hectares of public forest
- A greater proportion of Victorian land has formal protection status: up from less than 1% in the 1950s to 17% today.
All maps included in the report are available to download as separate PDF files on the State of the Forests maps page.
How to reference this report
Department of Environment and Primary Industries (2014). Victoria's State of the Forests Report 2013. Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.
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- Victoria's State of the Forests Report 2008
- Victoria's State of the Forests Report 2008 - Errata %asset_summary_255621
- State of the Worlds Forests 2007 - International website.
- Australia's State of the Forests Report 2013 - Australian Government website.
- Australia's State of the Environment Report 2006 - Australian Government website.
- Australia's State of the Environment Report 2001 - Australian Government website.
- Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria - Victorian Government website.
- Environmental Policy for Victoria's State forests - DEPI website.
- National Principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development - Australian Government website.
- Montréal Process Working Group - International website.
- Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Victoria - DEPI website.