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Special Species Timber Management Plan

In accordance with the requirements of the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014, the Department, in consultation with the Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry, will prepare a Special Species Management Plan.

The Management Plan is required to be in place by October 2017.

The special species management plan must address management of conservation values and other environmental values, and cultural and heritage values, in relation to the harvesting of special species timber on land to which the Management Plan applies.

A draft of the special species management plan is required to be made available for public comment for a period of 42 days. Release of the draft management plan for public comment will be advertised and is expected to occur in early 2017.

Current work to inform the development of the Management Plan includes:

Special Species Timber Resource Assessment

The initial task in preparing the Management Plan has been an assessment of the special species timber resource available in existing production forest, managed by Forestry Tasmania.
The Resource Assessment was conducted by Forestry Tasmania utilising LiDAR aerial survey information, field plots and historic survey information.  A report from the assessment has been prepared.

Special Species Timber Resource Assessment PDF, 1237.9 KB

Market Demand Study

Market research has been undertaken to better understand demand for special timbers, and the supply chains through which special timbers are distributed. This work, underpinned by an industry survey, was undertaken by Indufor.

Market Demand Study PDF, 2436.58 KB
Appendix 1 PDF, 320.78 KB
Appendix 2 PDF, 944.83 KB
Appendix 3  PDF, 1103 KB

Celery-top Pine Harvesting Trial

As part of investigations into alternative harvesting techniques, Forestry Tasmania undertook a trial of group selection harvesting for the target species celery-top pine in coupe EPO48C.

A detailed report has been prepared by Forestry Tasmania of planning, harvesting, transport and segregation of logs harvested.

Harvesting and Sawmilling Trial Report PDF, 8623.12 KB