This audit examined whether Victoria’s native
forest timber resources on public land are being managed
productively and sustainably.
The Department of Environment and Primary
Industries (DEPI), VicForests and the Department of Treasury and
Finance are managing the timber resources in a productive way that
delivers socio-economic benefits to regional communities.
VicForests has demonstrated that its commercial decisions balance
the need for
long-term economic returns with the need to support a sustainable
DEPI and VicForests demonstrate many
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices in
managing Victoria’s native forest timber resources. However, DEPI
is not effectively delivering its approach to protect forest
values, and needs to improve the way it documents decisions
affecting where harvesting can occur. VicForests can further
improve the way it estimates the sustainable harvest level.
It is not clear whether the agencies have made suitable progress
or achieved the desired outcomes in sustainably managing the timber
resources—such as protecting endangered species from harvesting
impacts—because DEPI has not had the measures, monitoring and data
to do this. It has recognised this issue and is addressing it.
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Last updated on 6/26/2014