Draft Forest Management Plan released for public consultation

THE Conservation Commission today released the draft ForestManagement Plan 2014-23 for a 12-week public consultation period.
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The draft plan covers a land area of 2.5 million hectares inthe south-west of the State from Lancelin north of Perth to Denmark on thesouth coast and seeks to find an appropriate balance for the range of valuesand uses of the lands vested in the Conservation Commission.

The draft plan is based on the principles of ecologicallysustainable forest management.

Conservation Commission Chair Brian Easton invited thecommunity to have their say on the next Forest Management Plan by puttingforward a submission.

“The draft plan proposes additions to the Whicher NationalPark near Busselton, improvements to silviculture guidelines including greaterprotection of marri trees as habitat for black cockatoos and identifies a rangeof sustained yields of forest products,” Mr Easton said.

“It also puts forward for comment alternative options forthe management of issues such as the accounting of wood products salvaged afterdisturbances, silviculture for water production in selected catchments and thearrangements for public firewood collection.

“There are many pressures on our forests including a dryingclimate, feral pests and weeds and these all need to be taken intoconsideration.

“That is why this plan takes a whole of forest managementapproach.

“A variety of agencies and organisations were consulted onthe development of the draft plan to identify key issues, includingrepresentatives of the timber industry, conservation groups and localgovernment.”

Mr Easton said public information sessions would be held onthe draft plan in Perth and the south-west during September.

“This will give the community the opportunity to clarify anyqueries or concerns in regard to the draft plan,” he said.

“We want to ensure the public has been given clear andaccurate information before they make a submission.”

The dates and venues for the public information sessionswill be advertised shortly.

Public submissions on the draft plan will be taken intoaccount in the preparation of the proposed final Forest Management Plan, whichwill be assessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The EPA’s assessment report will be considered by theMinister for Environment before he approves the final Forest Management Plan.

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