Western Australia Releases Forest Management Plan 2024–33 With Help to Alleviate End of Native Logging

Western Australia’s Forest Management Plan 2024–33 (FMP), which supports the decision to bring commercial logging of native forests to an end, will be bolstered with a $67.2 million (AUD) investment over the next four years.

According to the announcement (4-17-24), the funding will be part of the 2024–25 state budget and will deliver:

  • An additional 65 new jobs throughout Western Australia’s South West and metropolitan Perth, focused on a range of climate actions
  • A new forest health monitoring program
  • Support for emerging technologies (such as eco-acoustics, fire research, and ecological thinning) to improve forest health

Funding will also support work with Traditional Owners, protection of native wildlife from feral predators, and managing weeds and plant diseases.

The new jobs will be created between 2024–27 within the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions (DBCA) and partner agencies.

The FMP, which came into effect on January 1st, established the legal framework for managing more than 2.5 million hectares (6.18 million acres) of forests across the state’s South West and includes a commitment to add more than 400,000 hectares (988,000 acres) of karri, jarrah, and wandoo forests as nature reserves, national parks, and conservation parks.

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