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Western Australia’s native forests and timber reserves are managed to conserve biodiversity; water source protection; for recreation; and to provide economic opportunities – such as timber production (planted to pine species) or mining.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) manages lands and waters throughout WA to conserve ecosystems and species, and to provide for recreation and appreciation of the natural environment. State forest and timber reserves are managed to conserve biodiversity; water source protection; to provide areas for recreation; and to provide economic opportunities – such as timber production (planted to pine species) or mining.
The land and waters DBCA manages covers more than 28 million hectares (or ten per cent) of lands and waters in WA, which collectively receive around 11 million visits each year. The DBCA conservation estate is vested with the Conservation Commission of WA. The Conservation Commission is responsible for preparing a forest management plan through the agency of DBCA with input from the Forest Products Commission. The forest management plan sets out the policy framework for managing the state's south-west native forests for a 10-year period. The current plan (2004-2013) is set to expire on 31 December 2013 and a new plan for 2014-2023 will commence in January 2014.
DBCA’s Good Neighbour policy provides guidance on management issues relating to lands that abut the DPaW estate. Some of these issues include fencing and illegal access, fire management, control of weeds, control of introduced pest animals, control of native species and straying stock. In some cases notification on title is placed on those lands that abut DBCA estate, to advise the adjacent landholder of potential DBCA management implications such as prescribed burning or 1080 baiting.
Access to, or through, some areas of DBCA managed lands may require a permit or could be restricted due to management activities such as timber harvesting or because of forest disease risk. Acquisition or leasing of DBCA managed lands for commercial enterprises, mining or public infrastructure requires various legislative approvals and assessments. Proposed land use changes and development proposals that abut DBCA managed lands will ordinarily be referred to DBCA by decision making authorities i.e Shires or the Western Australian Planning Commission. If appropriate DBCA will provide comments relating to any potential impacts on DBCA managed lands, or other environmental factors relating to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 and Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 such as threatened fauna, threatened and priority flora, and wetlands of conservation significance.
For more information contact the Land Planning Program Coordinator (statutory and strategic planning) on 9423 2983 or the Land Services Coordinator (land tenure) on 9219 8771. Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.