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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Forestry >> Publicly owned forests

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment is responsible for managing approximately one-third of Tasmania's land. This includes National Parks and reserves except for Forest Reserves and Crown lands.

About 40% of Tasmania’s forest is in the World Heritage Area, National Parks or other reserves which are unavailable for timber harvesting. As part of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) an assessment of wilderness quality in Tasmania was carried out using the National Wilderness Inventory procedures. A total of 1.94 million hectares of high-quality wilderness area was defined in the RFA. Some 95% of this high-quality wilderness is protected.

Forestry Tasmania manages 1.5 million hectares of forests for wood production, recreation, conservation and other values.

Forest Management Plans have been completed, with public consultation, for all State forest to reflect the RFA outcomes. The seven Management Plans cover the Circular Head, Murchison, Mersey, Bass, Eastern Tiers, Derwent and Huon areas.

Map showing the area of Tasmania's publicly owned forests.

Source: Forestry Tasmania.


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