Forest policy issues arising from legislation review in Western Australia

The separation of commercial forestry from forest conservation and the subsequent end to old-growth logging in Western Australia, created fundamental problems for the Forest Products Commission, leading to a review of its functions in 2006. The FPC response to constraints on its viability contrasts with other States' approaches where carbon caps and water markets were used to place values on land uses. The effectiveness of the FPC's main policy approach to capitalise on the environmental value of forest establishment for salinity reduction is addressed in the Department of Agriculture and Food's submission to the FPC review. The value of this approach not supported by DAFWA hydrology work which concludes that benefits are highly site-specific and there is insufficient selection for forest location by the proponents of broad scale forestry investment in low rainfall areas.

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