Ecologically sustainable forest management seeks to provide the social and economic benefits to the community from the use of forests, including recreation, while considering the impact on the biological diversity and health of these forests.
The Conservation and Parks Commission of Western Australia and Department of Parks and Wildlife use a framework based on the Montreal Criteria when developing forest management plans. These plans set goals and propose management activities to achieve these goals.
The overall goals in developing forest management plans are the:
The social, cultural and economic benefits of our forests valued by the community must be produced in a manner that takes the principles of ecologically sustainable forest management into account. The principles of ecologically sustainable forest management are outlined in the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.
An important objective is to protect and conserve the value of our forests to the culture and heritage of Aboriginal people.