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Policy and practice

Ecologically sustainable forest management is one of the Forest Products Commissions's (FPC) key guiding principles, enshrined in the  Forest Management Plan 2014-2023 and the Forest Products Act 2000.

The principles of sustainable forest management are imbedded in the culture of the FPC. It is our aim to ensure that future generations are endowed with a healthy, productive and valuable forest estate. Our vision is to grow strong, viable and sustainable forest industries for the future wellbeing of all Western Australians.

Our commitment to continuous improvement and management planning are integral to our everyday operations and activities. The FPC’s continual improvement of its sustainable forest management system is recognised through certification by internally recognised standards for sustainable forest management.

To achieve this, we need to have rigorous policies and practices in place to ensure that the environment is at the forefront of everything we do.

Forest management policy

The FPC has a strong forest management policy which is tightly integrated into all our operations and commits, in conjunction with other agencies, to providing the resources required to fulfil policy commitments.

Our policy objectives include:

  • Maintain a forest management system that is externally certified to IS0 14001 and the Australian Forestry Standard (AS4708).

  • Maintain planning, implementation, monitoring and audit systems, supported by regular reviews and an effective reporting system.

  • Set objectives and targets to ensure a continuous improvement approach to both management performance and managing environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts and outcomes including the prevention of pollution.

  • Operate in accordance with relevant Commonwealth and State Government legislation, as well as applicable codes, standards and other requirements that apply to the FPC’s operations.

  • Ensure there are no planted genetically modified trees within forests managed by FPC.

  • Sustain the contribution to the global carbon cycle.

  • Clearly define forest management responsibilities.

  • Train staff and contractors in good forest management practices.

  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders on forest management issues and performance.

  • Provide resources appropriate to the nature, scale and impact of the forest activities.

Governing policy and practices

The FPC is bound by and adheres to a wide range of policies and practices, both external and internal, which specify how our operations are to be conducted.

All these governing policies and practices are based around the principles of ecologically sustainable forest management, and each is reviewed regularly in line with community values and evolving knowledge.

The Plantations Code provides goals and guidelines to public and private plantation managers so that they are economically competitive and sustainable, and are consistent with other resource management objectives.