Have your say on plan to protect WA’s native forests

Following the decision to end logging of native forest in WA’s south-west from 2024, a 10-year draft Forest Management Plan has been released for public comment.

This has been prepared by the Conservation and Parks Commission (through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.

Under the draft plan, at least 400,000 hectares of karri, jarrah, and wandoo forests will become nature reserves, national parks or conservation parks, meaning nearly two million hectares of native forests will be protected into the future.

The forest management plan provides the overall policy framework for protecting and managing forests on public lands in the south-west. It aims to incorporate a range of management activities to help conserve biodiversity, provide for recreation, tourism and other forest uses, and to protect water catchments.

The public consultation period will run until 18 December, with community information events in regional locations. You can view the plan here