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Mapping of reserves planned under the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

A new "TFA - Future Reserve Land" layer has been added to LISTmap under the "Land Use and Administration - Reserves" category. This layer depicts the 295 lots of land described in Schedule 1 of the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Act 2013,. Under the Act this land is provided an interim protection status and the boundaries reflect the approximate position of the future reserves to be proclaimed in accordance with the new legislation. For more information on the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Act 2013 please visit the website at http://www.forestsagreement.tas.gov.au/
View TFA Future Reserve Land in LISTmap



No Old Growth

Ta Ann Tasmania cannot and does not use old growth.

This is a picture taken on 8 February 2012 of a typical regrowth billet. Each annual growth ring has been marked and a pin inserted each decade.

Australia's Federal Environment Minister supports Ta Ann Tasmania

The Hon Tony Burke, condemned attacks by green groups on Ta Ann Tasmania and supported workers and their families threatened by their market action. See his statement to Parliament.

The Premier of Tasmania backs Ta Ann Tasmania

Lara Giddings, the Premier of Tasmania, has emphasised her support to Ta Ann Tasmania and its workforce in view of the misinformation campaign by green groups. Deputy Premier, Bryan Green, has embarked upon a trade mission to provide assurances to Ta Ann's customers. Her letter supports the Tasmanian forest Agreements process.

 

Facts on Tasmanian Forestry

The Australian Forest Product Association (AFPA) has taken the step of producing its own YouTube video to counter some of the misinformation from Markets for Change and the Last Stand and to provide security to customers of Australia’s renewable forest products industry.

Forest management in Tasmania is often reported as controversial. Society hold a range of values for our forests, yet informed opinion needs to be based on fact. The following facts are from the 2nd

This Tasmanian government map shows the  reservation of high conservation values in Tasmania.
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Anniversary Report of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement
Area of Tasmania 6.8 million hectares
Area of Tasmania in reserves  
2.9 million hectares (44%)
Area of native forest in Tasmania 3.1 million hectares
Area of native forest in reserves 1.4 million hectares (47%)
Area of old-growth forest in Tasmania 1.2 million hectares
Area of old-growth forest in reserves 970 000 hectares (79%)
% of public native forest harvested each year 1%
Area of plantations in Tasmania 200 000 hectares   (2.9% of Tasmania)
 

Future Management of Tasmania's forests

In 2010, Industry groups and environmental non government organisations sat down at a round table to attempt to secure a resolution to the competing values of their members. In October these groups signed a Statement of Principles to lead to an agreement.  Once signed the Premier of Tasmania  and the Prime Minister supported the facilitation of the agreement if possible.

The Commonwealth appointed a facilitator to work with the signatories, who reported in June 2011.

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have signed an Intergovernmental agreement to implement future management.  This includes an independent verification process in the second half of 2011.      

Interim protection areas have now been agreed between the Australian and Tasmania Governments clarifying that the source of timber for our mills is strictly in accordance with the Intergovernmental agreement and does not compromise High Conservation Values. Read the Minister's Media release and the actual agreement detailing the areas approved for sustainable harvesting and timber supply. The interim conservation area has been extended to 31 August 2012.

 

Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania has the statutory responsibility for the management of 1.5 million hectares of State forest land. This land contains 39% of the Tasmania's forests.
About half the forest managed by Forestry Tasmania is available for sustainable timber production. A network of formal and informal reserves on State forest protects values such as flora, fauna, soil, water and cultural heritage. Forestry Tasmania’s operations are independently certified under the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) which sets stringent environmental, social and economic criteria for forest management and production tracking.

Forestry Tasmania has five key sustainability objectives in relation to State forest:

• Sustaining biodiversity and habitat

• Sustaining jobs for current and future generations

• Sustaining carbon stores, clean air, water and healthy forests

• Sustaining community access and heritage

• Sustaining science-based stewardship.

For each of these objectives, Forestry Tasmania has developed strategic aims that will guide its forest management for at least the next 10 years. Under the Charter, Forestry Tasmania will develop annual targets and work programs aligned with the strategic aims and will report on them and performance outcomes in annual Sustainable Forest Management Reports.

 

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