MANAGING NATIVE FORESTS
Native State forests are naturally occurring treed areas
that have been harvested and regenerated many times
over the past 100 years or more. Careful planning and
management ensures they will continue to remain full of
trees and produce a sustainable supply of timber well into
Before harvesting, foresters carefully select a
silvicultural technique that will create ideal conditions for
regeneration, provide habitat for wildlife and maintain a
diverse forest ecosystem. For example, in some forests,
only a few individual trees will be harvested while in other
areas blocks of trees will be removed to open up the
canopy for the light-hungry seedlings to regrow.
Native forests are part of a broader landscape that
contains forested land that is set aside for conservation
and land that is actively managed to balance timber
production with conservation. State forests are only a
small part of this landscape and the area of native forest
harvested for timber each year is only a tiny fraction of the
State forest estate.
Forests are dynamic and contain a mix of wildlife and
flora, some that respond well to disturbance and thrive in
young regenerating forest and others that do not respond
well to disturbance.
Silviculture is the science of forestry. For production
native forests, silviculture looks at the best way to maintain
biodiversity across the whole landscape to sustain or
enhance ecological outcomes – continually improving
productivity, vitality and diversity of forest ecosystems and
ensuring the sustainability of the timber resource.