The pending outcome of the federal government's carbon pollution reduction scheme has created uncertainty for the Forest Products Commission of WA, which has had to cut staff numbers as part of a restructure to reflect the changing economy.

The impact of the Varanus Island gas explosion, losses in softwood plantations from wildfires, the global financial crisis and no allocations under the Natural Resource Management budget had prompted the FPC to review its structure.

As a result, the FPC said it will place a freeze on recruitment, reduce staff and contractor numbers by a combined 62 positions, reduce the agency's fleet vehicles by 20 per cent and implement tighter control on staff travel.

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