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Forest Protection Survey Program

The Forest Protection Survey Program protects animals, plants and other values that are threatened or of high conservation value in areas (or coupes) of state forests that are scheduled to be harvested.

Find the Forest Protection Survey Program survey results.

Visit the Forest Information Portal.

Our Forest Protection Survey Program (FPSP) aims to detect conservation values such as animals and plants and their habitats that are either threatened or of high conservation value in areas of state forest that are scheduled to be harvested.  

We have designed this program to ensure our forest fauna and flora can survive and thrive. Finding values earlier in the planning process helps ensure better protection for species and other values occurring in the forest and reduces disruption and uncertainty to the timber industry.  

The FPSP aims to survey at least 64% of coupes planned for harvest in Gippsland, the Central Highlands and North-East regions each year.  

The FPSP is an important survey program which leads to better conservation of threatened species and other forest values. VicForests, the business responsible for harvesting, selling and re-growing timber from Victoria's state forests, is required by law to protect prescribed values in accordance with the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 (amended 2022) (the CoP) when they are present on a coupe.

It remains the legal responsibility of all harvesting entities to conduct their own pre-harvest surveys to identify and protect high-value species from the impacts of timber harvesting. 

Visit VicForests management of forest values for more information.

What are we protecting? 

Harvesting trees, building roads, as well as disturbing undergrowth and ground logs can affect threatened species and their habitat. The FPSP aims to reduce these effects by surveying species. It also surveys:

  • habitats such as the casuarina trees used by glossy black cockatoos
  • vegetation communities identified in the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014
  • old growth forest and trees with a trunk diameter at breast height greater than 2.5m

We provide survey information to VicForests. 

We can’t expect these measures to protect every individual threatened animal or plant. Instead, the program ensures enough protection of habitat to allow populations to persist in perpetuity. 

In Victoria, 20 mammal species, 14 bird species, 6 reptiles species, 6 amphibian species, 14 fish species, 10 crustacean species, 2 terrestrial invertebrates and 315 plant species are protected by prescriptions guarding against timber harvesting under the Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014. 

Critically endangered species include:

  • leadbeater’s possum 

Endangered species include: 

  • spotted-tail quoll 
  • southern brown bandicoot 
  • long-footed potoroo 
  • glossy black cockatoo 
  • smoky mouse 
  • trout cod 
  • macquarie perch 
  • barred galaxias 
  • alpine she-oak skink 
  • booroolong frog 
  • spotted tree frog 
  • southern barred frog 
  • Baw Baw frog 
A small grey mouse with large black glassy eyes sits on top of bark and leaves.
smoky mouse

Species considered vulnerable include: 

  • flat-headed galaxias 
  • long-nosed potoroo 
  • masked owl 
  • yellow-bellied glider 
  • greater glider 
  • New Holland mouse 
  • grey-headed flying fox 
  • dwarf galaxias 
  • murray cod 
  • giant burrowing frog 
  • green and golden bell frog 
  • alpine tree frog 
  • southern barred frog 
  • broad-toothed rat 
  • brush-tailed phascogale  
A small brown owl sits on the branch of a lagre gum tree at night.
sooty owl

Resources, tools and guidelines  

Find resources the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas and Habitat Distribution Models.  

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