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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Forestry >> Forestry initiatives >> Forest and Forest Industry Strategy

In 1990, the Forests and Forest Industry Council (FFIC) was formed. The council, which includes representatives of all forestry interests, is a forum in which strategies for sustainable timber and other forest resources can be reviewed.

The Council formulated the Forests and Forest Industry Strategy (FFIS), which commits the parties involved to the following principles:

  • setting eucalypt veneer and sawlog harvests from State multiple-use forest at sustainable levels, reviewed every five years;
  • setting aside forest land for long-term multiple-use forestry;
  • setting aside forest areas on scientific grounds for conservation purposes;
  • setting aside ‘deferred forests’ - public land identified as having potentially high conservation and timber values - to be excluded from timber harvesting or reservation, pending further evaluation; and
  • implementing an intensive forest management program including thinning native forests, establishing plantations and the more efficient use of forest land and timber resources, including the transition from principally oldgrowth forests to regrowth and plantations resources.

The Commonwealth Government's Resource Assessment Commission (RAC) inquiry into the Forest and Timber Industries in 1992 found that the forest management agencies have in place sustained yield strategies for wood production.

Forestry Tasmania was created in 1994 following the commercialisation of the Forestry Commission. The new corporation was established with an independent board with a responsibility to improve commercial outcomes while delivering multiple-use management of State forests.

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