VicForests’ story is social, economic and environmental.
We are a Government Owned Enterprise, tasked to harvest, commercially sell and sustainably regrow timber from Victoria’s State forests.
VicForests puts a range of measures in place during its operations to protect biodiversity.
VicForests helps to ensure there is habitat available for native fauna by retaining habitat trees and seed trees in areas where harvesting takes place.
Not all parts of the tree are the same. We aim to ensure as many parts of the tree are utilised as possible.
Below are some examples of how we use the timber from different parts of the tree.
What is the difference between plantation timber and native forest hardwood?
Plantations and native forests are both important sources of wood in Victoria.
Many people assume that trees which are big and look old are considered to be ‘Old Growth’ forest.
‘Old growth forests’ are forests with large groups of trees which display certain characteristics. These characteristics are developed over many years and signify the age of the trees.
Forests play a key role in maintaining and improving water quality and quantity through a range of vital ecological processes.
In Victoria, VicForests carefully plan and manage our timber harvesting operations to protect water quality and quantity, rivers and waterways.
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Despite some claims, native timber harvesting does not dramatically
impact climate change. Sustainable harvesting and carbon sequestered
in wood makes the industry carbon friendly.
VicForests plays an important role in sourcing timber. We also focus on the long-term sustainability of the native timber industry.
Did you know that VicForests re-seeds and replants trees in all areas where harvesting takes place to ensure the forest grows back?
The seeds used are sourced from local regions to ensure the trees which grow back match the mix of species that existed on the site prior to harvesting.
To identify areas suitable for harvesting within the available forest a dedicated team of VicForests planning specialists follow rigorous planning processes.
Melbourne’s water catchments cover 157,000 hectares across the State and public access to these areas is tightly restricted to protect water quality.
The majority of Melbourne’s water comes from catchments where no timber harvesting occurs and public access is not permitted.