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Following the 1992 National Forest Policy, the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) was signed between the Commonwealth Government and the Tasmanian Government in November 1994. In January 1999, in association with this agreement, the two governments signed the joint Statement on Sustainable Forest Management. The first of its kind in Australia, the statement provides assurance to domestic and international customers that the wood has been harvested in Tasmania in a manner where environmental values are well protected, both in reserves and through appropriate sustainable forest management practices in wood production forests.
The RFA funding package allocated to Tasmania was $110m over 5 years. Of this, Forestry Tasmania applied $57m to Intensive Forest Management (beyond the minimum required to ensure regeneration) and implementing State Government policy in relation to forest resource expansion.
A progress report on the implementation of the RFA was published by the Resource Planning and Development Commission in September 2002.
Source: Forestry Tasmania.