Young Karri Forest Thinning Occurs

Young Karri Forest Thinning Occurs

Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

Forest Management Plan Amendment

Victor P Taffa

  • Harvest level of karri other than first and second grade sawlogs raised
  • Amendment supported by Conservation Commission and Environmental Protection Authority
  • Change will have positive environmental outcomes

The Forest Management Plan has been amended to raise the harvesting level of karri other than first and second grade sawlogs.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the average annual karri other bole volume had been raised from 117,000 to 160,000 cubic metres per year averaged over the 10-year life (2004 to 2013) of the Forest Management Plan.

Mr. Marmion said the new harvest level was consistent with the availability of the resource and would allow for improved forest management, including thinning of young karri regrowth and using prescribed burning for protection against bushfires.

“Thinning of young karri forest, essential for improving growth of remaining trees, has produced more timber than expected when the current plan was prepared.” Mr. Marmion said.

“The Conservation Commission and the Environmental Protection Authority have supported the amendment.”

“In its advice to the Environmental Protection Authority in 2009, the Conservation Commission concluded there should be no negative impact in the short term from continued harvesting in regrowth areas and noted that the health of the karri regrowth forest could be impacted in the long term if karri regrowth thinning was scaled back.”

“The Environmental Protection Authority mid-term audit of the Forest Management Plan stated that the new harvesting level may be of some benefit to the forest.” Mr. Marmion said.

Fact File

  • First and second grade karri sawlog harvest levels remain at 54,000 cubic metres per year averaged over 10 years
  • More than 1,500 submissions were received during public consultation on the proposed amendment
  • The proposed amendment to the Forest Management Plan was undertaken in line with the Conservation and Land Management Act