Timber harvesting is often attacked by fringe environmental groups and grossly misrepresented as an industry that is wiping out our native forests, with no regard for sustainability.
This is simply not true. Three independent, EPA-approved audits of commercial timber harvesting in Victoria’s state forests were released by Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith recently.
All three reports show an extremely high level of industry compliance with regulatory framework.
In other words, Victoria’s commercial forestry industry is meeting the strict rules and requirements for the planning of timber harvesting, harvesting operations, and forest regeneration.
Ninety-nine per cent of forestry coupes regenerated by VicForests satisfied the performance standards.
These reports show that Victorians can be confident in the integrity of our commercial forestry industry, and that Victorian forests are being managed sustainably and according to regulation.
Victoria’s native timber industry provides important economic support to many of our regional towns and employs around 11,000 Victorians.
The timber from our native forests is sourced sustainably and responsibly, ensuring our forests remain renewable assets.
The Victorian Coalition government proudly supports the state’s commercial timber industry, and these latest reports again confirm our forests are among the best and most sustainably managed in the world.
Peter Walsh MLA,
Nationals Deputy Leader,
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security