Thinning trees in the forest - Photo © Parks and Wildlife

Forest management plans provide for the harvesting of timber from State forest and timber reserves. Timber harvesting operations carried out in State forests and timber reserves are guided by the Forest Management Plan and associated guidelines.

The timber harvesting planning process is undertaken at three levels and comprises the development of:

  • three-year timber harvest plans
  • annual timber harvest plans
  • coupe level plans.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife prepares rolling three-year indicative timber harvest plans.

Separate to this process, the Forest Products Commission prepares and releases annual indicative timber harvest plans.

Three-year Indicative Timber Harvest Plan for native forests

The three-year (2018-2020) indicative timber harvest plans for the Swan, South-West and Warren regions were prepared in accordance with the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023 and in consultation with the Forest Products Commission.

The plans comprise a list of harvest areas or forest coupes, associated sawlog volumes and maps showing the location of the coupes where timber harvesting was proposed for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Lists and related maps:



Planning and Approvals Process for Native Forest Timber Harvesting

State Timing Purpose and consultation

Forest Management Plan


Ten years

Is prepared in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.

Provides the framework for a range of activities, including timber harvesting in an ecologically sustainable manner. Also, proposes additions to the formal conservation reserve system and establishes informal reserves in State forest.

Involves comprehensive public consultation.

Three-year indicative timber harvest plans




Rolling plan every one to two years

To provide a forward schedule of coupes for harvesting to supply the sawlog and other products.

Developed through planning process that accounts for other activities within State forest and timber reserves, including:
•    mining
•    recreation
•    prescribed burn program
•    infrastructure works.

Made publicly available.

One-year (annual) indicative timber harvest plan



A refinement of the three-year harvest plan that accounts for other activities and provides a forward schedule of coupes that are made available to the Forest Products Commission for harvesting to supply the sawlog and other products to their customer.

Made publicly available.

 Coupe planning  As required, prior to harvesting commencing

Approving and planning for timber harvesting takes account of elements of the current forest management plan that need to be met prior to operations start including:
•    dieback survey and developing a hygiene management plan
•    flora survey
•    fauna identification
•    plan for access under moist soil conditions
•    identify registered Aboriginal sites.

The Forest Products Commission consults with the local community prior to harvesting, including neighbours or groups with an interest in the area.