A Ten-year plan for Western Australian forests

by | Dec 21, 2023

Western Australia’s southwest will no longer allow commercial logging in native forests as the Cook Government’s Forest Management Plan 2024-2033 sets the latest framework for managing over 2.5 million hectares of native forest.

“I welcome this new Forest Management Plan, which will safeguard our iconic forests for generations to come,” Forestry Minister Jackie Jarvis said.

“Under this plan, native timbers will only be available as a result of ecologically thinning, which promotes forest health and resilience from drought and bushfires.”

Timberbiz reported the plan, which was published in December 2023, will come into effect from 1 January 2024, and will include:

  • An end to commercial-scale timber harvesting in native forests.
  • Commitment to add more than 400,000 hectares of Karri, Jarrah and Wandoo forests as nature reserves, national parks and conservation parks.
  • Support for Traditional Owner involvement in forest management, consistent with the intent of the South West Native Title Settlement.
  • Promotion of healthy forests that are more resilient to climate change.

The State Government developed its latest Forest Management Plan through consultation, assessment, and analysis by the Conservation and Parks Commission. The draft plan received over 3,500 submissions for public comment.

Further details on the plan can be accessed at: www.dbca.wa.gov.au/fmp

“The Cook Government’s new forest management plan marks a major historical moment for Western Australia’s natural environment,” Western Australia Environment Minister Reece Whitby said.

“It will support a range of actions to promote greater resilience in south-west native forests, as well as support conservation, protect cultural values and boost tourism.”

“Existing reserve proposals identified in the plan are being progressed as a priority, with the Government already upgrading more than 3,000 hectares of the highly valued Lane Poole Reserve, near Perth, to national park,” Mr Whitby said.