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State’s native forest practices are being surveyed
The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) last week sent 3200 letters to landholders who have a Notification of Forest Practice, alerting them to a survey being conducted on the Native Forest Practice Code on Freehold Land.
DERM have estimated that 3.6 million hectares of country in Queensland is covered by a native forest practice, with 1.6 million hectares being remnant mapped vegetation.
AgForce Projects AgForests project officer Sam Ellis said DERM will be using satellite and aerial photography to randomly survey properties where native forest practices are being conducted. If evidence of a forest practice shows up remotely, the landholder will be contacted by DERM staff who will seek permission to conduct a voluntary on-ground survey. The aim of the survey is to determine how well the self-assessable code is being followed and implemented on-property.
Since the introduction of the code in 2005, the department as well as organisations such as AgForce and Timber Queensland have worked closely with landholders to promote awareness and understanding of the Vegetation Management Act and Native Forest Practice Code on Freehold Land.
Last year Sam delivered AgForests workshops to 570 producers across Queensland.
Sam said he is confident the survey will show freehold landholders are sustainably managing their native forests in compliance with state vegetation legislation.
For more information on the survey, contact Sam on 0427 694 771 or DERM officer Clynt Wells on 3330 6203.
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