Sustainable forest management takes into account all of the different ways people use forests and ensures they are managed for the long term.
Our State forests provide many benefits, including:
- animal and habitat protection;
- protection of steams and water supply;
- cultural and historical values; and
- jobs and forest products.
Effective sustainable forest management finds the balance between managing the health and productivity of our forests while still enjoying the benefits they provide, such as the timber and timber products we use every day.
Forest Products Commission (FPC) forest managers are well trained to understand how to maximise the timber we can get from harvesting operations and use science to ensure forest features are maintained and future regeneration is possible, ensuring the forest remains healthy and productive for years to come.
Who manages our forests?Show more
Conservation and Parks Commission
The Conservation Commission is an independent authority that oversees the administration of Western Australia’s national parks, conservation parks, nature reserves, State forests and timber reserves.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has the lead responsibility for protecting and conserving the State’s environment on behalf of the people of Western Australia. This responsibility includes monitoring activities which may disturb the environment, including timber harvesting.
Forest Products Commission
The FPC is responsible for the sustainable management and development of Western Australia’s timber industry using plantation, sandalwood and native forest products on land owned or leased by the State.
Policy and practiceShow more
Our forest management policy is integrated in all of our operations. The FPC works with other agencies to provide the resources required to fulfil the policy commitments.
Our policy objectives include:
- Maintain a forest management system that is externally certified to IS0 14001 and the Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708).
- Maintain planning, implementation, monitoring and audit systems, supported by regular reviews and an effective reporting system.
- Set objectives and targets to ensure a continuous improvement approach to both management performance and managing environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts and outcomes including the prevention of pollution.
- Operate in accordance with relevant Commonwealth and State Government legislation, as well as applicable codes, standards and other requirements that apply to the FPC’s operations.
- Ensure there are no planted genetically modified trees within forests managed by the FPC.
- Sustain the contribution to the global carbon cycle.
- Clearly define forest management responsibilities.
- Train staff and contractors in good forest management practices.
- Liaise with internal and external stakeholders on forest management issues and performance.
- Provide resources appropriate to the nature, scale and impact of the forest activities.
The Plantations Code provides goals and guidelines to public and private plantation managers so that they are economically competitive and sustainable, and are consistent with other resource management objectives.
Independent certificationShow more
The FPC is certified to the:
- AS4708:2013 - Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). Note that the FPC's certification excludes their sandalwood business and some other operations. SFM is internationally recognised by the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC)
- ISO14001:2015 – Environmental Management System (EMS), the international standard for environmental management systems. The FPC's whole business is certified against this standard.
These standards and systems ensure the FPC manage the forests to the highest possible standard and allow customers buying WA timbers to be sure they have come from independently certified forests.
These certifications are received after undergoing a rigorous auditing process of their management systems. In order to maintain certification the FPC must also demonstrate they are continually improving their forest management systems.
Scope of the Environmental Management System
The FPC's Environmental Management System scope includes the processes involved in the planning and management of harvesting operations, post-harvest re-establishment activities and the transport and sale (nationally and internationally) of forest products associated with plantations, native forests and sandalwood. The scope also covers the development and maintenance of associated infrastructure and the physical boundaries of the FPC’s EMS and is further described in the Guide to FPC forest management planning.
Summary management plan
The FPC has developed a Guide to FPC forest management planning to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Forest Management (AS4708:2013). This provides an overview of our forest management in the areas that are certified under SFM or otherwise referred to as our defined forest area. Defined forest area maps are available on the links below.