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1362.6 - Regional Statistics, Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/08/2003   
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Contents >> Forestry >> Activity on State Forests

Data relating to forestry activity are available for State Forest only, which accounts for about 40% of total forestry operations. The areas of total State Forest and total Forest Reserves in Tasmania remained stable between 2000-01 and 2001-02 at 1,502,000 ha, which included an unchanged Forest Reserve area of 175,000 ha. Total plantations stocked increased from 77,000 ha to 83,000 ha over the period 2000-01 to 2001-02. The area of native forest harvested decreased from 15,000 ha in 2000-01 to 14,900 ha in 2001-02.

On Tasmania's State Forests, there were 6,300 ha of native forest regenerated in 2000-2001 and this increased to an area of 7,400 ha regenerated in 2001-02. The area of hardwood plantations established on State Forests increased from 4,300 ha in 2000-01 to 4,500 ha in 2001-02. Bass, Derwent and Murchison forestry districts remain the major centres of plantation activity. The area of softwood plantations established increased from 2,700 ha to 3,500 ha over the same period.


ACTIVITY ON STATE FORESTS(a)(b)
Bass
Derwent
Huon
Mersey
Murchison
Tasmania

'000 ha
'000 ha
'000 ha
'000 ha
'000 ha
'000 ha

2000-01
Forest estate
Total State Forest (including forest reserves)
398
349
124
170
462
1,502
Total forest reserves
58
36
5
23
54
175
Total plantations (stocked area)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
36
14
4
13
10
77
Native forest area harvested
Clearfell, selective harvesting and thinning
6.3
4.5
1.4
1.2
1.7
15.0
Forest areas established
Native forest regenerated
0.7
2.2
2.3
0.8
0.4
6.3
Hardwood plantations established(d)(e)(f)(g)(h)
1.8
0.6
0.3
0.5
1
4.3
Softwood plantations established(d)(e)(g)(h)
2
0.2
-
0.3
0.1
2.7

2001-02
Forest estate
Total State Forest (including forest reserves)
398
349
124
169
462
1,502
Total forest reserves
57
36
5
23
54
175
Total plantations (stocked area)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
40
15
4
14
11
83
Native forest area harvested
Clearfell, selective harvesting and thinning
4.7
4.8
1.1
1.9
2.4
14.9
Forest areas established
Native forest regenerated
2.2
3
0.7
0.9
0.7
7.4
Hardwood plantations established(d)(f)(g)(h)
2.2
0.6
0.4
0.5
0.7
4.5
Softwood plantations established(d)(e)(g)(h)
2.3
0.2
0.2
0.6
0.3
3.5

- nil or rounded to zero
(a) Refer to the Map of Tasmanian Forestry Districts that relate to these data.
(b) Land tenure data in this table may differ from data in other tables because of the date it was accessed: the constant refinement of Geographic Information System (GIS) processes results in frequent, minor changes to land tenure data.
(c) Figure excludes plantation areas clearfelled but not yet replanted.
(d) Planting period for mapping and reporting purposes is from 1 July to 30 June.
(e) Includes softwood plantations, 50% of which are now owned by GMO Renewable Resources, for which data are supplied by Rayonier Australia.
(f) The majority of mixed hardwood/softwood plantations are reported as hardwood.
(g) Includes Tassie Trees Trust plantations which are mainly jointly-owned with private growers, but include small proportions owned solely by Forestry Tasmania.
(h) Includes replanting.

Source: Forestry Tasmania Annual Reports.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Forestry Tasmania Annual Report 2001-2002


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