By Steven Macdessi,
Environment plays an important role in the existence and survival of human beings. A healthy environment full of forests not only makes our surroundings pleasant but also provides us various other benefits. Unfortunately, a large number of forests have been cut down in the past few decades due to increase in the world’s population. This has resulted in an increase in the temperature of earth. The government of various countries has stepped forward to ensure health living by growing new forests and plants. When it comes to the forests then only one name comes in our mind that is NSW state forests which are considered as the best managed forests in the world.
NSW forests are managed in such a way to not only ensure the provision of forest products but also give a healthy environment to our ancestors. These forests have been managed by following the latest forest management standards. The guiding philosophy behind these forests is the ecologically sustainable forest management (ESFM). It involves various strategies and action plans for maintaining the forests.
The success of NSW forests lie in the fact that they are being monitored by highly skilled and experienced professional who follow the Australian Forestry Standard – AS 4708:2007 (AFS). These professional are certified and registered foresters that ensures the growth of high quality timer and other forest products not only for meeting the current needs but also the future needs. Australian forestry standards have been adopted by various other countries for promoting the growth of forests in their country. Apart from the general maintenance, a team of professionals are also hired to save NSW forests from any type of damage caused due to fire, pests, domestic grazing etc.
NSW forests are monitored by following the environmental management system (EMS) which is certified to ISO 14001 standards. These standards measures and supervise the environmental performance. The management of NSW forests adopts continual improvement cycle for ensuring the continuous improvement. This cycle basically consists of 4 main steps. In the first step, action plan is made in order to improve those areas which need any upgrading. In the second step, the action plan is being implemented. It is then evaluated and analyzed in order to measure the success rate. If the plan gives required results then the plan is being followed on permanent basis. The main purpose of using this improvement lifecycle is to enhance the productivity per acre of land.
NSW forests are contributing a lot towards the economy of the country. Apart from saving the environment, it has provided a health place for recreational activities. It has promoted green trend throughout the world. People quote the NSW forests for explaining the advantages of an efficient management system. The local and federal government has helped a lot in making NSW forests what they are now.
According to the recent statistics, NSW forests contributed $38 million towards the economy. These forests gave rise to social development, economic development, nature conservation and natural heritage. NSW forests are an example of efficient management and people of Australia are proud of it.