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Survey seeks forest input

By Country News

People are being invited to have their say on the future management of Victoria’s forests, as the Regional Forest Agreements modernisation program continues.

An online survey will allow people to provide input until the end of next month, with DELWP Hume regional director Clare Kiely saying it’s the first phase of engagement for the program.

‘‘This is part of a major program to modernise Victoria’s RFAs and the forest management system they accredit, including in Hume,’’ Ms Kiely said.

‘‘This process includes a clear commitment to work in partnership with traditional owners to deliver the RFA modernisation program and manage Victoria’s forests into the future.

‘‘This survey is giving communities an opportunity to provide their views on what they value in our forests, how forest management can be improved, and what they would like from forests into the future.’’

Existing RFAs were written more than 20 years ago and Ms Kiely said they needed to be revised to better reflect the current community needs and the latest science.

She said significant funding had been invested into delivering greater community value from the state’s forests, including $35.9million in the 2018-19 Victorian budget, with $17.6million allocated to the modernisation of the RFAs and forest management system, which will improve the long-term management of forests.

■To complete the online survey, visit: engage.vic.gov.au/future-of-our-forests