A forest management plan covers lands vested in the Conservation Commission of Western Australia within the State's south-west forests. The focus of forest management plans is on managing State forest and timber reserves because it is primarily on these land categories that disturbance activities are permitted.
A forest management plan is a 10-year plan developed in consultation with the community. It is the key policy framework for managing forests as these plans identify goals and performance targets and propose management activities to achieve these goals.
The Forest Management Plan 2014-2023 provides the policy framework for managing south-west native forests until 2023.
Covering 2.5 million hectares of land vested with the Conservation Commission of Western Australia, the plan aims to strike a balance between conservation and other activities. The plan incorporates a number of management activities to help conserve biological diversity, provide for recreation and a sustainable native forest products industry, and to protect water catchments.
Initiatives and key features of the plan include:
The plan was prepared after extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the community. You can learn more about how the plan was prepared by going to: Preparing the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023.
The Forest Management Plan 2004-13 was the first plan prepared since the management of forests was separated from commercial timber operations.
Preparation of the plan was supported by a range of background reports and studies. These are published on the Conservation Commission website.
Under the plan old-growth forest was excluded from timber harvesting and the conservation reserve system was extended creating 29 national parks, conservation parks and nature reserves. Approximately 500,000 hectares was added to the conservation reserve system.
The overall objective in formulating the plan is for biodiversity to be conserved, the health, vitality and productive capacity of ecosystems to be sustained, and the social, cultural and economic benefits valued by the community to be produced in a manner taking account of the principles of ecologically sustainable forest management.
A series of subsidiary management guidelines were developed by the department to support the plan, including:
In 2011, the plan was amended to provide for an increase in production levels of karri other bole volume. The amendment was published in the Government Gazette Notice 1 November 2011 (p4609).