forests for life.

Protecting forests, sustaining communities.

Forests For Life is an initiative of the WA Forest Alliance that sets out a comprehensive plan for protecting the South West’s native forests and completing the transition of the timber industry to ecologically beneficial farm forestry.

It follows the pro-forestation model, where we:

1. Immediately protect all mature native forests in secure conservation reserves for climate, and for life;
2. Create a new land category called Future Forests where degraded forests are managed for conservation to recover their full biological potential; and
3. Complete the transition of the timber industry to ecologically beneficial farm forestry.

The Bibbulmun / Noongar People’s ongoing sovereignty and custodianship are recognised and embraced, and under the Forests For Life plan, Traditional Owners will be fully resourced and empowered through policy, regulation and funding to care for country, from the policy setting level through to the on-ground management.

The conservation reserves are designed with a zoning approach to support sustainable enterprises including tourism, recreation, education and honey production, in consultation with Traditional Owners to ensure that activities are appropriate and don’t have negative impacts on the health and vitality of forest ecosystems or cultural practice or heritage.

forests for life. 

Protecting forests, sustaining communities.

Forests For Life is an initiative of the WA Forest Alliance that sets out a comprehensive plan for protecting the South West’s native forests and completes the transition of the timber industry to ecologically beneficial farm forestry.

It follows the pro-forestation model, where we:

1. Immediately protect all mature native forests in secure conservation reserves for climate, and for life;
2. Create a new land category called Future Forests where degraded forests are managed for conservation to recover their full biological potential; and
3. Complete the transition of the timber industry to ecologically beneficial farm forestry.

The Bibbulmun / Noongar People’s ongoing sovereignty and custodianship are recognised and embraced, and under the Forests For Life plan, Traditional Owners will be fully resourced and empowered through policy, regulation and funding to care for country, from the policy setting level through to the on-ground management.

The conservation reserves are designed with a zoning approach to support sustainable enterprises including tourism, recreation, education and honey production, in consultation with Traditional Owners to ensure that activities are appropriate and don’t have negative impacts on the health and vitality of forest ecosystems or cultural practice or heritage.

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The Forests For Life Farm Forestry and Landcare Initiative

Forests For Life sets out a plan for growing 40 000 hectares of high value timber trees and carrying out an ambitious land care program in the South West and Great Southern.

Drawing on past experience and local expertise, the program has been designed to generate a substantial volume of sustainably grown sawlogs, deliver significant ecological outcomes and maximise benefits to the region and the state.

The trees would be planted on cropping and grazing land, in association with farming and strategically integrated to support continued farming while bringing multiple environmental, social and economic benefits to the farm and the region.

The plan would create up to 990 jobs, with 860 – 940 in farm forestry and landcare and 50 in new manufacturing facilities. 

Read and download a summary of the plan and its numerous benefits and find out more at www.forestsforlife.org.au.