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VicForest’s innovation and forest guardianship

The story of VicForests’ innovation and environmental guardianship has landed in the offices, home offices, meeting rooms and boardrooms of key innovators and decision-makers across the Asia Pacific region – literally. Source: Timberbiz

APAC Outlook is a magazine aimed at boardroom and hands-on decision makers in agriculture, construction, energy and utilities, finance, food and drink, healthcare, manufacturing, mining and resources, oil and gas, shipping and logistics, technology and travel and tourism.

It gives readers knowledge and insights detailing how leaders and their businesses are responding to the latest trends in their sector.

The latest edition showcases VicForests’ best practice forest and harvesting systems, including the technology that underpins our practices, safety in the field and the future of forestry.

VicForests CEO Monique Dawson told APAC Outlook that there is a fundamental shift in the way that we harvest timber and operate within forests.

“We operate in a gradual and scaled way that ensures that groups of trees are harvested at varied periods, as well as when they have reached a certain height,” she said.

“This means that the forest will be continually growing at different stages, promoting continual growth and allowing forestry to continue without disrupting the local wildlife.

“This balance between operation and environmental guardianship is a vital aspect of VicForests’ practices. The gradual harvesting of timber allows the company to promote steady growth of the state’s forests, as well as ensuring that the local fauna can exist naturally.”

Asked about the future of forestry, Ms Dawson says moving forward is both technological and ecological.

“We are also looking to the future through our ongoing work establishing new plantations and the delivery of a Farm Forestry program, from large industrial scale plantings to tree and biomass crops managed and sold by farmers. These programs will provide Victoria a platform through which it can realise greater greenhouse gas emission reductions.”