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Tasmanian Community Forestry Agreement - Alternatives to Clearfelling in Oldgrowth Forests

The former Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard, and the former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Paul Lennon, jointly announced the TCFA on 13 May 2005.

The TCFA is a joint commitment of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to enhance conservation of Tasmania's oldgrowth forests and development of the Tasmanian forest industry.

One component of the TCFA is to facilitate research into alternatives to the use of clearfelling in oldgrowth forests. This commits the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to cooperate in a program to facilitate a significant reduction in the use of clearfell harvesting in oldgrowth forests to less than 20 per cent of the annual oldgrowth harvest by 2010.

The Australian Government's contribution of $2 million for this research program supplements the $11.1 million being invested by Tasmania in further research and implementation, including training and support for harvesting contractors. The joint investment has facilitated the acceleration of the research programs based at Warra in Southern Tasmania, and enabled its expansion into other forest types in other parts of the State.

Variable Retention is being implemented as the main alternative to clearfelling, and this program has been fully reviewed in 'A new silviculture for Tasmania's public forests' click here to download. The review has been informed by a Science Panel of internationally recognised experts in forest and conservation science

Reports and papers arising from the research program are listed below as pdf files. More reports will be added as they become available.

The following link ( provides access to the presentations delivered at the "Old Forests, New Management" Conference held in February 2008 in Hobart, and the program for this Conference. The International Union of Forestry Research Organisations (IUFRO) has also published a summary of the Conference deliberations and outcomes.