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Forest NSW Annual Report 2012

Our environmental performance Sustainable management of native and planted forest to protect and enhance environmental functions and conservation values. Expanding the plantation estate to help meet future market needs. INDICATOR1 RESULTS PERFORMANCE FOREST VALUE: BIODIVERSITY Extent of forest type Total forest estate managed 2.2 million hectares 1.76 million hectares of native forest managed within the native forest estate and an additional 141862 hectares of Native forests 11. retained vegetation made up primarily of native forests and managed within the planted forest estate 210 349 hectares of net stocked softwood plantation and 34175 hectares of net stocked hardwood plantation Planted forests 8763 hectares of softwood and 592 of hardwood plantation re-established Growth modelling and harvest schedules, along with harvest prescriptions documented within harvest plans, ensure 12. Native forest structure that specific areas are harvested at the optimal time, while keeping a range of younger growth stages distributed across the estate within harvested zones and more mature growth stages and rainforest within harvest exclusion areas 13. Surveyed species 86 threatened fauna and flora species found with 3018 threatened fauna sightings and 5221 threatened flora sightings FOREST VALUE: FOREST HEALTH 14. Pests and weeds $1.5 million spent on feral animal and weed control 15. Plantation health Overall maintenance of planted forest health, based on forest health sample surveys undertaken 0.1% of State forests burnt by wildfire 16. Fire fighting and 15% of State forests treated by fuel management strategies (hazard reduction burning and grazing) prevention $6.5 million spent on fire prevention and control FOREST VALUE: SOIL AND WATER QUALITY $5.8 million spent on harvesting supervision and environmental compliance in native forests 17. Protection of soil and water 261612 ha of State forests primarily managed to protect water catchments FOREST VALUE: COMPLIANCE 18. Regulatory compliance 10 fines issued; 0 prosecutions FOREST VALUE: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES 3.9 million tonnes of CO -e sequestered by plantations and an estimated net 13.8 million tonnes of CO -e sequestered 19. Carbon sequestration 2 2 by native forests 2.8% of electricity sourced from green power 20. Energy consumption Estimated 9693 tonnes of CO2-e emitted, including previously unreported heavy truck and plant bulk fuel A continuing drop in heavy plant fleet numbers and a drop this year in passenger vehicle numbers 21. Material consumption 18% drop in the reported potable water usage compared to 2010–11. A 2.6% increase in the percentage of and recycling materials recycled 1 For further information refer to the Supplementary Sustainability Indicator Data 2011–12 available online at: www.forests.nsw.gov.au Amount spent on fire Tonnes of CO -e sequestered by prevention and control: State forests:2 $6.5 million 18.1 Megatonnes Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 29


Forest NSW Annual Report 2012
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