State forests are managed by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) via three main pieces of legislation: Forests Act 1958; Conservation, Forests and Land Act 1987; and Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004. These Acts, and other related regulations, codes of practice and management plans, aim to balance the impact of forest-based activities on all forest values and to create ecological sustainable development.
- protect biodiversity, cultural heritage and landscape values
- provide opportunities for public recreation and education
- protect water catchments
- provide timber products on a sustainable basis
- provide non-timber products such as honey, stone and gravel.
DEPI aims to increase awareness and understanding of forest values through community and stakeholder participation in forest management.