Area and percentage of forest and net area of forest available and suitable for wood production
The Resource Outlook from VicForests has reduced the available timber production area in State forests. The Resource Outlook defines the volume of hardwood timber products from native forests made available to the market, separating the species groups of timber supply into two groups: ash and mixed-species. The reduction in availability of sawlog resource in areas such as the Central Highlands of Victoria can be attributed to the effects of fire in estimates of sustained yield. The trend indicates that less timber production in state forests will occur in the future and more emphasis will be on other values including species conservation and carbon sequestration issues.
Measures:Area and percentage of forest and net area of forest available and suitable for wood production