FORESTS AND COMMUNITIES
As the traditional owners and land managers, Aboriginal
communities have a strong connection to forests and
protecting the rich history of Aboriginal cultural heritage
has become increasingly important over the past century.
Forestry Corporation partners with local Aboriginal land
councils and traditional owner groups so they can record
their cultural heritage within State forests, protect and
access significant sites for cultural teaching and source
forest products for traditional crafts and canoe making.
From the very beginning, forests have always been
important to the community, whether it was as a source of
food and shelter, providing employment or for recreation.
However, the past 100 years has seen a change in what
is deemed as of value. Untouched natural wilderness is
perceived by some as more valuable than the sustainable
management of working forests, and many groups
have campaigned against the practice of forestry in its
various forms over the years. While there was certainly a
need to improve many early forestry practices to better
protect biodiversity, modern forestry draws on years of
research in a range of scientific disciplines to ensure
timber production can be, and is, carefully balanced with
Maintaining an open dialogue with environmental
groups and communities about forest management is key
to sustaining a social licence to operate, something that
is essential in the current age. The aim of engagement
is to ensure the community’s needs are considered in
planning and give the community confidence that modern,
sustainable forest management will conserve the forest
environment while meeting the demands of current and
future timber, social and recreational needs.
ABOVE LEFT: Forestry Corporation staff use the World Rally
Championships in forests around Coffs Harbour to engage with
members of the community.
BELOW LEFT: Grooves etched into rocks thoughout State forests
are some of the many reminders we can see today of centuries of