Mid Murray Forest Management Area
This Wood Utilisation Plan (WUP) applies to the Mid Murray West Forest Management Area (FMA) for the period 2013/14 to 2015/16.
The WUP is a 3 year works plan for commercial timber production. This WUP includes sites located in State forest, within the Mid Murray West FMA.
DEPI has prepared this WUP in accordance with relevant legislation and Government policy, including the Mid Murray West Forest Management Plan, and the Code of Practices for Timber Production 2009.
Supply of products
For the period of this WUP DEPI plans to provide an annual supply of up to 1050 m3 of sawlog and 6000 green metric tonnes and 400 m3 of residual log to supply commercial licenses within the FMA.
These volumes meet legal timber supply commitments.
Some additional forest produce may result from salvage operation types not identified in this WUP.
The WUP consists of schedules and maps. The schedules list the sites by forest area map sheet where works are planned for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 period, and anticipated forest produce volumes where applicable. The maps show the location of the listed works.
Schedule 1 provides information about coupes listed for DEPI managed commercial timber production operations.
Schedule 2 provides an estimate of forest produce volume from operations listed in Schedule 1 by harvest year.
Information provided on the schedules
Address - unique numeric identifiers that help administer the coupe or work site. Each address comprises codes that relate to the coupe or work site location.
Works period – the anticipated range of financial years when works may occur on the site.
Gross area - the maximum area of the site measured in hectares, including streamside buffers and filters, and areas specifically excluded from disturbance.
The type of works planned at each site, distinguishing between commercial timber production, domestic firewood production, road construction and improvement, regeneration and other operation types.
Silvicultural systems are techniques used in management of forests to promote regeneration and/ or maintain forest structure.
DEPI uses a number of silvicultural systems. Forest condition and biological characteristics are considered in determining an appropriate silvicultural system. The main silvicultural systems to be used in this FMA are:
Thinning from Above (THA)
An uneven aged silvicultural system involving the felling of scattered individual trees across the site. Thinning from Above operations generally occur at 20 to 25 year intervals on a site. Regeneration is largely from lignotubers and coppice.
Thinning from Below (THB)
Removing the smaller and poorly formed trees from a stand and allowing the larger better formed trees to increase their growth, and accelerate hollow development.
River red gum (RRG)
Stands dominated by E. camaldulensis (river red gum) or E. blakelyi (forest red gum). Commonly found along watercourses or in areas subjected to periodic flooding.
Growth stages describe the characteristics of a forest canopy at different times in the life cycle of a eucalypt forest. Unstocked and unevenaged forests are also identified where they exist. The predominant growth stages for coupes on this WUP are:
A forest stand or individual tree (generally between 1 and 60 years after regeneration) in which the crowns have a narrow conical form and where trees are actively growing.
Environmental and Cultural (Site) Values
This plan addresses the environmental and cultural requirements of relevant legislation, the Code of Practices for Timber Production 2009, Forest Management Plans and DEPI procedures.
Environmental and cultural values assessed during the development of this plan include:
- forest age class and structure;
- Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage values;
- water quality and quantity;
- amenity and landscape sensitivity;
TheMid Murray Forest Management Planprovides details of the relevant values for this plan. Schedule 1 lists values identified through desktop and preliminary field checks.
DEPI, in consultation with specialists, determines management prescriptions for these values in accordance with legislation, the Mid Murray Forest Management Plan, the Code of Practices for Timber Production 2009.
Detailed field assessment and consultation will continue throughout the operational planning process for the sites listed in this plan.
Each operation listed on a schedule is mapped and labelled with a unique address. The maps show:
- Coupe location, silviculture system and harvest year
- Location of timber operations
- Location of major access roads.
The maps show Forest Management Zoning where it exists.
All WUPs go through two consultation stages. The first is with other interested government agencies followed by a public consultation period in March. DEPI will consider the views of specialists, stakeholders and the public.
This WUP is a public document and can be downloaded from the DEPI website.
Click on 'Forestry', then 'Public Land Forestry', then 'Wood Utilisation Plans' and select the location.
To view maps click on the DEPI Forestry Maps link, and under Map Layers click on Wood Utilisation Plans.
The plan and maps can also be viewed at the following location:
- DEPI, Taylor St Epsom (Bendigo) VIC, 3551.
Please call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 for all enquiries.
Schedule 1. Wood Utilisation Plan 2013/14 to 2015/16
|Address||Name||Works Period||Gross Area (ha)||Operation Type||Silvicultural System||Forest Type||Growth Stage||Site Values|
|106-001-0017||Couglan Tk||2013-14||97||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth||SMZ Wetland|
|106-004-0020||Chettle Tree||2013-14||170||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth||SMZ Wetland|
|106-004-0023||Wee Wee Rup||2013-14||180||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth||SMZ Wetland|
|106-007-0001||Barton Swamp||2013-14||212||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth||SMZ Wetland|
|106-002-0013||Long Lagoon||2014-15||66||Commercial||THB||RRG||Regrowth||SMZ Wetland|
|106-002-0021||Little Iron Punt Lagoon||2014-15||66||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth|
|113-002-0016||Sawpit Tk||2014-15||96||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth||Cultural Site|
|106-002-0019||McCutchell Bend||2015-16||204||Commercial||THA||RRG||Regrowth||SMZ Wetland|
|Address||Name||Sawlog (m3)||Residual (m3)||Firewood (m3)||Total (m3)|
|106-004-0023||Wee Wee Rup||100||1000||550||1650|
|106-002-0021||Little Iron Punt Lagoon||150||800||550||1500|
|Note: Conversion of Green Metric Tonnes to Cubic Metres: 6000GMT x 1.3 = 7800m3|
The Wood Utilisation Plan may not be in its final form. It may be amended from time to time. DEPI maintains a record of amendments to the WUP. If you wish to inspect any amendments, contact the relevant DEPI office to arrange a suitable viewing time.
The Wood Utilisation Plan is based on meeting legal timber supply obligations.
The location and boundaries of planned coupes shown on the attached maps are only approximate and indicative. The precise boundary of any coupe will be identified on site by DEPI before harvesting begins, in accordance with the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2007.
Published by the Victorian Government Department of Environment and Primary Industries Melbourne, June 2013
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