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W.A. Forest Communities Network
Unit 1 Abridge House
5 Turner Avenue
Bentley WA 6102

Telephone: 08 9472 3055
Mobile: 0447 138 776
Email:
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6 Jul 2015

Did you know there most hardwood plantation product that is grown and processed in Western Australia is exported for further manufacturing into paper and other fibre based products?

There are a number of forms of hardwood plantations grown in WA. Eucalypt pulpwood plantations are the predominant form, from virtually a zero base in the mid 1980’s to a multi-million dollar industry that today is matured and sustainable. Blue Gum...

6 Jul 2015

Did you know that a large share of sawn wood produced in WA is grown in softwood (pine) plantations?

So in addition to harvesting timbers from natural forests, and hardwood plantations, we process logs sourced in pine plantations that are managed primarily for valuable sawmilling wood.

Like timber from natural forests, products from plantations are renewable, largely processed in the southwest region, and marketed both domestica...

24 Jun 2015

The process of assessing old-growth forest was initially undertaken in Western Australia during the 1990s as part of the negotiation of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) between the State and the Commonwealth. Stakeholder consultation was also undertaken at this time. This process mapped the areas of old-growth forest in accordance with the definition set out in the 1992 National Forest Policy Statement and the criteria deve...

20 Jun 2015

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is trialling the use of camera traps and cockatoo surveys in areas available for timber harvesting. The likelihood of threatened and priority species being present in harvest areas is assessed through the Fauna Distribution Information system (FDIS). FDIS uses survey data and vegetation associations to predict where threatened and priority species may occur. Camera traps and cockatoo survey...

18 Jun 2015

Original article by Forest Industries.

The most important principle in forest management is sustainability. Sustainable management means that we harvest lesser amount of wood than the amount that grows back — creating a surplus of wood amount.

It is also important that the harvesting method are inline with the preservation of the environment, plants, and animals that inhabit the forests. This ensures that our forests are maintai...

12 Jun 2015

Original article by Forest Industries.

Did you know that disturbance and regrowth are parts of the natural cycle of a forest?

In Western Australia, our forests have evolved to cope with major disturbances such as fire or logging — and fully-recover from it. This coping mechanism to recover are pushed further forward by W.A. FCN by promoting reforestation.

This is inline with our aim to foster healthy and sustainable future f...

2 Jun 2015

Photo courtesy of Forest Products Commission.

It is our mission to foster a healthy and sustainable future for those communities and their associated forests. In accordance to our mission and the Forest Products Act 2000, we follow a set of principles for sustainable forest management.

These are the same principles followed by the Forest Products Commission which includes:

  • the conservation of biodiversity

  • ...

1 Jun 2015

Photo courtesy of Darren Tierney - http://darrentierney.com/

This article is regarding the management plan for the karri forest by the Forest Products Commission. Original article can be read here.

The Forest Products Commission (FPC) has developed a management plan for the karri forests. The plan, along with reference documents can be viewed on the FPC’s website.

The plan has been developed to meet the requirements of the Forest...

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