The Victorian Government has initiated a major program to “modernise” the State’s Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and the forest management system they accredit, through comprehensive engagement with Victorian communities. Read more here.
There are many views about the success or otherwise of the RFAs – but that’s for another post!
DELWP has identified a number of goals including: “Comprehensive engagement with Victorian communities about what they value in forests”, “A Vision for the future management of our forests” and “Refreshing forest management planning, including greater integration with fire planning”. All sounding worthy, but what will they mean in practice?
There is an online survey currently running to 31 March that enables you to mark on a map your favourite place and say why as well as answer a series of questions about forest management priorities and your vision. Please contribute!
The other ways to get involved are:
- Roundtables – there is a report on these Roundtables here – lots to read! was one held in our region (news to us if one was!).
- Drop-ins – for the Loddon Mallee region the only one on their website is 23 Feb: Lancefield Farmers Market (perhaps there have been some elsewhere?)
- Contact form to be kept in the DELWP information loop – contact form
Read more about what DELWP is doing in their Future of our Forests (RFA modernisation program) newsletter – here is the first one.
One of the processes that DELWP has underway is a state-wide program of data collection to inform renewal of the RFAs and improved management of Victoria’s forests. Interesting! One of the issues we are currently bemused about is that DELWP does not draw upon the Birdlife data for its own database … why not? We are following this up!
Please share this post and information. Hoping Muckleford friends can take the time to get involved – our forest really needs a positive vision and active conservation.