Midlands Forest Management Area
This Wood Utilisation Plan (WUP) applies to the Midlands Forest Management Area (FMA) for the period 2013/14 to 2015/16.
The WUP is a 3 year works plan commercial timber production. This WUP includes sites located in State forest and Regional Park within the Midlands FMA.
DEPI has prepared this WUP in accordance with relevant legislation and Government policy, including the Midlands Forest Management Plan, West Regional Forest Agreement and the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2007.
Mt Cole Amendment
DEPI has also finalised the Mt Cole Amendment to the Midlands WUP.
Supply of Products
For the period of this WUP DEPI plans to provide an annual supply of up to:
- 3330 m3 of commercial firewood and 900 linear metres of chop logs;
- 1500 m3 of commercial firewood;
- 400 m3 of posts and minor products;
- 200 m3 of sawlogs.
from 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. Coupes may be harvested over a number of years.
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:
Clearfall Salvage (CFS)
Salvage of timber and firewood cleared for road maintenance and a mining licence.
Firewood Fallen (FWF)
Collection of firewood lying on the ground as a result of natural events or previous forest operations.
Single Tree Selection (STS)
An uneven aged silvicultural system involving the felling of scattered individual trees across the site. Single Tree Selection operations generally occur at 10 to 15 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.
Foothill Mixed Species
Forests up to 40m tall generally featuring Eucalyptus obliqua (Messmate), E.viminalis (Manna Gum) and E.cypellocarpa (Mountain Grey Gum), with some or all of E.rubida (Candlebark), E.dives (Broad Leaf Peppermint), E.sieberi (Silvertop Ash) and E.radiata (Narrow Leaf Peppermint).
Growth stages describe the characteristics of a forest canopy at different times in the life cycle of a eucalypt forest. Unstocked and uneven-aged forests are also identified where they exist. The predominant growth stages of 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.
A forest stand and/or individual trees (generally between 60 and 150 years after regeneration) where the height and crown development has effectively ceased but significant crown decline is not evident.
A forest stand with trees of three or more distinct age classes, either mixed or in small groups.
Environmental and Cultural (Site) Values
This plan addresses the environmental and cultural requirements of relevant legislation, theCode of Practice for Timber Production 2007,
Forest Management Plansand 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; and
- amenity and landscape sensitivity.
The Midlands Forest Management Plan provides 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 Midlands Forest Management Plan, the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2007.
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 road construction and road improvement associated with timber production;
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.
|Forest District||Address||Name||Works Period||Gross Area (ha)||Operation Type||Silvicultural System||Forest Type||Growth Stage||Site Values|
|Daylesford||193-535-0006||Stanfield-Suckling||2013-14||268||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Apiary sites 2007529 and 2007485. Historic tramline in SW. Potential Powerful Owl record. Corangamite CMA priority waterway.|
|Daylesford||193-546-0002||Mt Hope 4||2013-14||18||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Pykes Ck and Werribee River water supply. Bullarto water supply catchment. Apiary site 2007551 150m from coupe.|
|Daylesford||193-551-0008||Camp Road mine||2013-14||5||Commercial||CFS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Vegetation clearing for mining licence with royalties to be paid for forest produce.|
|Daylesford||195-510-0002||Langdons Hill Rd||2013-14||83||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Korweinguboora catchment special management area. CFI plot. Adjacent to Special Protection Zone. Silvicultural research plot on site. Powerful Owl record within 20m of coupe|
|Daylesford||195-510-0005||Ryans Tk||2015-16||33||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Korweinguboora catchment special management area. CFI plot. Adjacent to Special Protection Zone. Silvicultural research plot on site. Powerful Owl record within 20m of coupe|
|Daylesford||195-511-0003||Sailors Creek||2013-14||31||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||CFI Plot. North Central CMA priority waterway. Powerful Owl record within 100m of coupe. Historic sites.|
|Daylesford||195-514-0002||Barkstead Leonards Hill||2013-14||111||Domestic and Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Tullaroop water supply. Private property within 200m. Bossiaea cordigera, Grevillea repans, Nematolepis squamea, Eucalyptus yarraensis, Powerful Owl, Square Tailed Kite|
|Daylesford||195-514-0003||Barkstead Leonards Roadside||2013-14||4||Commercial||CFS||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Roadside tree removal for road improvement works reducing shade effects on road which is currently causing poor road conditions (pot holing and rutting).|
|Daylesford||195-516-0009||Pinchgut East||2015-16||65||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth|
|Daylesford||195-517-0005||Squires||2013-14||39||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Korweinguboora catchment special management area. CFI plot. Silvicultural research plot on site. Bossiaea cordigera|
|Daylesford||195-517-0006||Fuller Track||2013-14||183||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Korweinguboora catchment special management area and Moorabool Proclaimed Catchment. Bossiaea cordigera and Nematolepis squamea. Boundary track crosses 2 Special protection Zones (marked for Sedgy Riparian Wetland EVC). 3 CFI plots. Adjacent to Special Protection Zone and plantation. Armillaria patch on site.|
|Daylesford||195-521-0010||Simpsons Tk||2015-16||46||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth|
|Daylesford||195-523-0007||Broken Tk||2015-16||61||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth|
|Daylesford||209-510-0013||Ash Plantation||2013-14||2||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Plantation||Coupe provides competition chop logs (not training). Special Protection Zone in southern edge of coupe.|
|Daylesford||209-516-0021||Nugget Creek||2013-14||31||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth||Apiary site 2007392 within coupe. Eucalyptus brookeriana, Pultenaea reflexifolia. Mining exploration license. Special Management Zone - Lake Merrimu. Designated Catchment. and Powerful Owl.|
|Daylesford||209-525-0007||Gerrys Burnt Mill||2013-14||111||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Regrowth|
|Beaufort||185-535-0004||Camp Road||2013-14||30||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Cave Hill Creek catchment, Armillaria research site, exploration license 5127, significant vegetation exclusion area within coupe - Daviesia laevis, Oleria asterotricha, Swainsonia spp. Grevillea montis-cole.|
|Beaufort||186-545-0004||Stringybark South||2014-15||44||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Apiary site.|
|Beaufort||186-546-0011||Lonarch East||2015-16||30||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Mature||Adjacent to Apiary site.|
|Ballarat||174-506-0003||Possum Gully||2013-14||13||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Mature||Electro Hydraulic Sluicing Co historic site. Adjacent to Special Protection Zone.|
|Ballarat||174-509-0012||Snake Valley||2013-14||114||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Mature||Golden Star Co and Phillips Reef Working Historic Site.|
|Ballarat||175-501-0003||Antonios||2013-14||27||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Mature||Adjacent to Valley Grassy Forest EVC Special Protection Zone. Eucalyptus yarraensis. Water race.|
|Ballarat||175-501-0016||Wades Lane||2013-14||24||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Mature||Grevillea bedgoodiana. Bowdens Water Race|
|Ballarat||177-502-0002||Hansons||2014-15||21||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Enfield State Park. Large old trees on site.|
|Ballarat||177-504-0001||Grubbed||2013-14||29||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Landscape.|
|Ballarat||182-502-0007||South Andersons Rd||2013-14||14||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Includes small exclusion pockets of Valley Grassy Forest. Banksia marginata, Xanthorrhoea australia. Moorabool River (Sheoaks) Proclaimed catchment. Mining exploration licence EL5133.|
|Avoca||172-516-0002||Malakoff Track||2013-14||41||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||No significant values recorded. Sawlogs identified on site.|
|Avoca||172-518-0002||Williamsons Tk 2||2013-14||18||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-518-0003||Williamsons Tk 3||2013-14||33||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-518-0004||Williamsons Tk 4||2013-14||26||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-518-0005||Williamsons Tk 5||2014-15||20||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-518-0006||Williamsons Tk 6||2014-15||32||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-518-0007||Hankin Tk||2014-15||30||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-519-0006||Dry Dam Track||2013-14||40||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||No significant values recorded.|
|Avoca||172-519-0009||Main Track 2||2013-14||20||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Special Protection Zone.|
|Avoca||172-521-0007||Smiths||2014-15||27||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Alluvial Terraces Herb-rich Woodland EVC Special Protection Zone. Sawlogs identified on site.|
|Avoca||172-525-0004||Squatters||2013-14||56||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Alluvial Terraces Herb-rich Woodland EVC Special Protection Zone. Adjacent to Landsborough NCR.|
|Avoca||172-527-0005||Clear Patch West||2013-14||52||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged|
|Avoca||172-527-0006||Hardy's South||2012-13||58||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||No significant values recorded. Sawlogs identified on site.|
|Avoca||172-528-0003||Sandersons||2013-14||30||Commercial||STS||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Alluvial Terraces Herb-rich Woodland and Low Rises Grassy Woodland EVC Special Protection Zone. Adjacent to linear reserve Special Protection Zone.|
|Avoca||172-529-0008||Jacksons Track East||2015-16||30||Commercial||THB||Foothill Mixed Species||Uneven Aged||Adjacent to Special Protection Zone. Sawlogs identified on site.|
|Forest District||Address||Name||Sawlog (m3)||Firewood (m3)||Minor Produce (m3)||Posts (m3)||Total (m3)|
|Daylesford||193-546-0002||Mt Hope 4||0||295||0||0||295|
|Daylesford||193-551-0008||Camp Road mine||253||203||0||0||456|
|Daylesford||195-510-0002||Langdons Hill Rd||1650||0||0||0||1650|
|Daylesford||195-514-0002||Barkstead Leonards Hill||0||1776||0||0||1776|
|Daylesford||195-514-0003||Barkstead Leonards Roadside||0||563||0||0||563|
|Daylesford||209-525-0007||Gerrys Burnt Mill||0||690||0||0||690|
|Ballarat||182-502-0007||South Andersons Rd||0||300||0||0||300|
|Avoca||172-518-0002||Williamsons Tk 2||25||130||0||150||305|
|Avoca||172-518-0003||Williamsons Tk 3||50||400||0||350||800|
|Avoca||172-518-0004||Williamsons Tk 4||35||350||100||300||785|
|Avoca||172-518-0005||Williamsons Tk 5||20||300||100||200||620|
|Avoca||172-518-0006||Williamsons Tk 6||0||380||50||350||780|
|Avoca||172-519-0006||Dry Dam Track||0||400||50||50||500|
|Avoca||172-519-0009||Main Track 2||20||100||30||50||200|
|Avoca||172-527-0005||Clear Patch West||0||200||0||0||200|
|Avoca||172-529-0008||Jacksons Track East||0||200||20||0||220|
Disclaimer: The information displayed on the maps show Forest Management Zones prepared for the RFA process.
This Wood Utilisation Plan may not be in its final form. It may be amended from time to time in accordance with the WUP guidelines for State Forests in Victoria. The Department of Sustainability and Environment maintains a record of amendments to the WUP. If you wish to inspect amendments contact the relevant DEPI office. The WUP is based on supplying the current licensed volume. Licensed volumes are under review. Areas actually required for harvesting in specified periods may be amended in line with the outcomes of the review and license levels. The maps show indicative locations of coupes only. Accurate boundaries of coupes will be marked on the ground by field supervisors acting on behalf of the Secretary. All coupe boundaries are to be defined in accordance with and subject to any Victorian legislation. Without limiting the generally of this clause, no coupe plan shall include any 'Heritage River area' as defined in the Heritage River Act 1992.
NOTE: Maps are compiled for use at 1 : 100,000. Details may not match accurately if plotted at larger scales.
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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