Until recently, VicForests managed the commercial production of timber in the east of Victoria only.
In November 2014, the Victorian Government has transferred the Department of Environment and Primary Industries' (Now DELWP) Commercial Forestry Services Unit to VicForests.
The decision was made to promote consistency in commercial forestry operations, and to clearly separate DELWP's forestry governance role from its commercial operations.
The transfer unites all commercial timber harvesting in Victorian state forests under the one organisation established for the purpose to ensure an enhanced and consistent approach to safety, reporting and environmental standards.
Existing harvesting arrangements will not change while licences remain valid. Current levels of harvesting will be retained and this change will not impact on supply to customers in western Victoria.
The current method for harvesting trees will be continue, complying with the existing regulations and best silviculture practises.
For any enquiries relating to Small-Scale Commercial Harvesting, please contact Vince White, Community Forestry Manager Western Victoria on 03 5336 6769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.