ACT Forest Management Plan

ACT Forest Management Plan


  • Client: ACT Government
  • Scope:

    Preparation of a 5-year management plan recognising: ACT Planning Framework; Forest plantation values; Social Management Objectives; Cultural Management Objectives; Environmental Management Objectives; Management of Economic Returns; Annual Reporting Requirements; Mapping, boundaries and recreation zones.

    Successful project delivery required a sound understanding of the challenges facing ACT plantation management, as well as the opportunities and the positive community outcomes that good planning presents.  In additional it comprehensive a sound understanding of ACT legislation.  To deliver the plan Verterra:

    - Coordinated a series of workshops to allow PCS Corporate and District managers and key stakeholders, to provide input into the Plan requirements. These workshops aimed to achieve integration of plantation management with day-to-day district operations.

    - Identifying opportunities with to capitalise on forest co-benefits plantations including carbon sequestration, beneficial use of biosolids and wood waste for bio-energy.

    - Maintained regular communication with PCS will be critical to achieving the required input and ownership of the Plan.


  • Challenge:

    ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) were facing challenges in managing residual pine plantations within their jurisdiction, including: Limited skilled staff resources with three staff coordinating management of 8000 hectares across five geographical management divisions and 26,000 hectares of former ACT Forests’ land; and Staff expertise generally lacking specific training in plantation forestry management.

  • Solution:

    To assist PCS staff in delivering their charter, Verterra prepared an overarching ACT Forest Management Plan through targeted stakeholder consultation.

  • Benefit to Client:

    When complete, the plan will provide ACT Forests with a framework for ongoing management of the Territory’s plantation forests in sympathy with economic consideration and stakeholder expectations.

  • Market Sector: Government
  • Capabilities:
    • Environmental Planning
  • Location: ACT
  • Year: 2017