We have the policy, now we need the plan
October 18, 2022

The draft Forest Management Plan 2024-2033 has been released and will be available for public comment until the 18th December 2022.

WAFA and our allies will be scrutinising it closely, looking to ensure that it:

  • Securely and rapidly protects at least a further 400,000 ha of forests from logging and mining to ensure their genuine, long-term conservation for climate, biodiversity and future generations.
  • Sets out an ambitious and achievable timeline and process for formalising the protection of the 250,000+ ha proposed for conservation under previous FMPs.
  • Limits thinning to non-commercial programs and small diameter trees only, in sites such as mine-site rehabilitation and immature regrowth and only where scientific evidence shows it is likely to improve the ecological health of the forests.
  • Provides for co-vesting and co-management with Noongar / Bibbulmun people including through funding for on-ground work and Noongar led programs.
  • Makes biodiversity the number one consideration in fire management.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to protect a significant portion of the South West forests from threats and secure a future that formally and meaningfully recognises their immense value for biodiversity, climate, culture and communities.

This is our best chance yet to secure a forest protection plan for WA, and we’re going to need all hands on deck. We’ll be providing a scorecard and summary of the draft FMP within the next week, along with a guide to make it easy for supporters to have their say.

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You can view the draft FMP 2024 – 33 here.

Cover image courtesy of Kim Redman