Wood Utilisation Plans
DEPI is responsible for commercial timber production in Victoria's State forests.
Victoria uses a comprehensive and rigorous planning process to ensure that natural, cultural and catchment values found within State forests are protected while allowing for sustainable wood production.
Some areas for harvesting in eastern Victoria are managed by VicForests according to Timber Release Plans. Commercial timber harvesting in all other areas of State forest is managed directly by DEPI according to Wood Utilisation Plans (WUPs) and arranged by Forest Management Area (FMA).
Proposed Wood Utilisation Plan - Mt Cole State Forest
DEPI has prepared a proposed Wood Utilisation Plan for the period 2013/14 to 2015/16. The proposed WUP establishes a three year schedule of planned coupes for harvesting activities in Mt Cole State Forest within the Midlands FMA.
Timber harvesting in Mt Cole State Forest information sheet provides an overview on the re-introduction of commercial timber harvesting to this area.
Copies of the proposed WUP and maps can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by calling 136 186.
Comments on the proposed WUP are now invited. These must be submitted in writing by 18 October 2013.
Wood Utilisation Plans for 2013/14 to 2015/6
DEPI has prepared Wood Utilisation Plans for six FMAs for the period 2013/14 to 2015/16. Other FMAs have WUPs in development, have no commercial timber harvesting or only have commercial timber harvesting managed through VicForests.
WUPs can be viewed through the links below with maps online through Forest Explorer. For alternative viewing options please contact:
- Forest Planner, DPI Epsom, 03 5430 4444
Forest Management Areas
- Benalla Mansfield
- Bendigo WUP
- Central Gippsland
- East Gippsland
- Horsham WUP
- Midlands WUP
- Mid Murray WUP
- North East
- Otway WUP
- Portland WUP
Wood Utilisation Plans (WUPs) explained
Major public land use decisions such as designation of land as national park or State forest are established by the Victorian Government, following recommendations by the Victorian Environment Assessment Council (VEAC).
Victoria is also a signatory to the National Forest Policy Statement, which has - among its aims - to provide for:
- the current and future range of commercial and non-commercial uses
- nature conservation and the maintenance of forest biological diversity
- regional economic development and employment opportunities.
An outcome of the National Forest Policy Statement has been the development of Regional Forest Agreements.
Victoria is divided into 14 Forest Management Areas (FMAs). Each FMA has, or will have, a Forest Management Plan that establishes strategies for integrating the use of State forest for wood production and other purposes with the conservation of natural, aesthetic and cultural values.
Rolling three-year Wood Utilisation Plans (WUPs) are prepared annually for each FMA. The WUP is a schedule of areas to be harvested (coupes) along with a map showing their location.
Coupes are selected on the basis that they contain the required quantities and mix of wood products that can be supplied using sound silvicultural practices and environmental care. WUPs are prepared in accordance with the relevant Forest Management Plan and the Code of Forest Practices for Timber Production 2007.
For each commercial harvesting operation in State forest, Forest Coupe Plans are prepared. These plans contain a map identifying the area and a schedule incorporating the specifications and conditions under which the operation is to be administered and controlled.
Coupes in allocated forest stands in eastern Victoria where harvesting operations and roading activities will be managed by VicForests are not scheduled in a WUP. Under legislation, VicForests is required to prepare a Timber Release Plan for approval by the Secretary.
The Wood Utilisation Plan may not be in its final form. It may be amended from time to time. DEPI maintains a record of amendments to the WUP. If you wish to inspect any amendments, contact DEPI to arrange a suitable viewing time. The Wood Utilisation Plan is based on supplying the licensed volume.
The location and boundaries of proposed coupes shown on maps are only approximate and indicative. The precise boundary of coupes will be identified on site before harvesting begins, in accordance with the Code of Forest Practice for Timber Production 2007.