Conservation Values of State Forests
Final Report in preparation
The assessment is currently in progress.
VEAC has been requested by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP to carry out an assessment of the conservation values of state forests in the Central Highlands, North East, Gippsland and East Gippsland regional forest agreement areas. A map of the relevant land may be viewed here.
The purpose of the assessment is to:
(a) identify the biodiversity and ecological values in the specified area
(b) identify the current and likely future threats to these values
(c) report on public land use and management.
The full terms of reference are available here.
The Council is required to provide a report on the completed assessment as soon as practicable but no later than 28 February 2017.
VEAC is required to consult with the Forest Industry Taskforce. More information on the Forest Industry Taskforce can be found here.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Act 2001 was amended in 2016 to allow the Minister to request the Council to conduct an assessment or to provide advice in relation to a matter that, in the opinion of the Minister, does not require an investigation, having regard to the matter's limited scale or scope or its technical nature. This assessment of the conservation values of state forests is requested pursuant to the new section 26B of the Act.