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Response to the Forrest Inquiry

Forestry Tasmania is deeply disappointed with a report by the Legislative Council committee inquiry into its financial performance.
 

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FT releases evidence of compliance with the IGA

Forestry Tasmania has released a letter it sent to the Australian and Tasmanian governments last month advising that harvesting will need to continue on 41 coupes within the area the governments wish to set aside pending the outcome of the independent verification process.

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Focus on the future

Forestry Tasmania says the resolution of the commercial dispute with Gunns over wood supply contracts will enable both companies to focus on the future.

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Protests continue

A group of eight protestors disrupted harvesting operations in a Picton coupe this morning, causing two contractors to stop work.

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Bypassing the Triabunna blockade

Forestry Tasmania has begun loading an export shipment of logs that would otherwise have been exported as woodchips through Triabunna.

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Axing of CRC Forestry a matter of serious concern

Forestry Tasmania has expressed alarm at news reports that the Australian Government has axed support for the Hobart based Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry that is both nationally relevant and internationally acclaimed.

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New innovation plan to take advantage of market changes

Forestry Tasmania is moving ahead with plans to diversify its product mix and bring further investment in value adding to the State, Managing Director Bob Gordon said today.

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Forestry Tasmania welcomes CSIRO study on emission sources

Forestry Tasmania has welcomed a new CSIRO study launched today that measured air quality in the Huon Valley region over an 18 month period.

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What the community thinks of the forest peace talks

Forestry Tasmania has this morning released a new opinion poll to provide negotiators with an insight into what the community expects out of the forest peace talks.

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Tasmania - $111 million better off with Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania has launched a new television advertising campaign highlighting the contribution made by the timber industry to rural Tasmania.
 

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Safety a top priority

The release of a coroner's report into a tree falling accident which claimed the life of forest contractor Charles Wiggins four years ago is a timely reminder of the importance of continually improving safety systems for forest workers.

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Caution urged in reading the Three Year Plan

Forestry Tasmania has published on its website its latest Three Year Wood Production Plan - but has warned readers the plan is subject to significant change depending on the outcome of the Statement of Principles discussions.

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REDD Forests and Forestry Tasmania meet

Forestry Tasmania and Redd Forests Pty Ltd yesterday met for the second time to discuss Redd's proposal to lease an area of state forest for 25 years to store carbon, and to on sell the carbon credits.

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New policy environment needed to foster innovative forest industry

Forestry Tasmania has told a federal inquiry that a concerted effort needs to be made to address a significant decline over the past two decades in forestry research and education.

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Serious concerns about conduct of Booth's committee

Forestry Tasmania has denied the accusations raised in today’s hearings of Island Specialty Timbers and the Nursery and Seed Centre being engaged in anti competitive behaviour.

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FT welcomes new owner for Triabunna

Forestry Tasmania has welcomed confirmation that the Triabunna woodchip mill is to be sold to Aprin subsiduary Fibre Plus.

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Forestry Tasmania retains certification

Forestry Tasmania has retained its accreditation under the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) following the latest independent audit of FT operations.

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Pine plantation to native forest

Forestry Tasmania will today conduct a large burn on East Coast in a major step towards restoring a 130 hectare pine plantation back to native forest.

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Be wary of carbon cash bonanza claims

Claims that locking up vast tracts of native forest would bring a cash bonanza to Tasmania should be treated with caution.

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A job well done.

In partnership with timber industry groups, Forestry Tasmania will tonight begin airing a television commercial demonstrating the pride it takes in regenerating native forests.

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Correcting the record

Forestry Tasmania has confirmed the accuracy of comments made by Gunns CEO Greg L'Estrange on ABC Radio this morning disputing media reports that Gunns owes FT $35m.

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FT corrects Brown

Forestry Tasmania has again been forced to correct misleading statements by Australian Greens leader Bob Brown.

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Green option would cost more than 3000 jobs

Tasmania would lose more than 3,000 jobs and taxpayers would face a $30 million a year bill to manage State forests if Forestry Tasmania was abolished.

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Restoring native forest

Forestry Tasmania will today conduct a large burn on East Coast in a major step towards restoring a 130 hectare pine plantation back to native forest.

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Breaking the deadlock

Forestry Tasmania completed loading a 23,000 tonne shipment of export peeler logs for the Chinese market today, with the ship due to leave port at 8pm tonight.

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Passion arising out of anxiety

Forestry Tasmania has described the raw emotion at last night's meeting in Huonville as a symptom of the anxiety felt by many of its staff and workers in the forest industry.

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Comparison Laughable

Forestry Tasmania says it doubts the credibility of the latest report prepared for Our Common Ground, will survive the scrutiny of a Legislative Council committee.

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Forestry Tasmania releases list of contracts

A list of wood supply contracts released by Forestry Tasmania confirms that it has contractual obligations to supply timber until 2027.

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Disruption continues

Forestry Tasmania has confirmed that a group of activists temporarily blocked access to the FT offices in Hobart this morning.

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Biomass - part of the solution to smoke from regeneration burns

Using waste from forestry operations has the potential to reduce smoke from regeneration burns by up to 70 percent.

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FT's difficult challenges thrust into stark relief

Another protest in the Plenty Valley this morning against native forest harvesting, and demands for ongoing supply of top quality veneer logs for a Somerset veneer mill has thrown into sharp focus the challenges Forestry Tasmania faces as it negotiates its way through the Statement of Principles process.

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Tender sale of logs – IST Geeveston

Tasmanian wood workers and processors have an opportunity to purchase specialty timbers raw material through Island Specialty Timbers (IST) current tender sale at the Geeveston retail site.

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Identifying new value adding opportunities

Forestry Tasmania Managing Director Bob Gordon is using a trip to the US to promote Tasmanian eucalypt as a source material for high value veneer timber products.

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Focus of attack wrong

Forestry Tasmania is disappointed Green MP Kim Booth did not first check his facts before releasing a photograph purportedly showing a Forestry Tasmania stockpile of logs destined for export from the Burnie wharf.

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Public access road reopens in southern forests

Early intervention by Tasmania Police has minimised an attempt by activists to further disrupt harvesting operations in the southern forests.

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Smoke dispersion likely to be poor over the next day or so

Forestry Tasmania says it expects the big high pressure system sitting over the state and the subsequent lights winds will reduce smoke dispersal for the next few days and has wound back its burning program until there is a steady wind flow across the state.

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Smoke in Burnie

Forestry Tasmania has advised that smoke levels in Burnie peaked at 8am this morning and are now falling rapidly.

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More disruption

Forestry Tasmania says work has been stopped by protest action in a North East harvesting coupe for the second time within four weeks.

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Triabunna Mill

Forestry Tasmania is reviewing the impact of Gunns decision to suspend operations at Triabunna and assessing options for securing alternative markets for pulpwood residues.

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Forestry Tasmania voluntarily implements no burns day

Forestry Tasmania has today voluntarily implemented a no burns day across the state to allow the smoke currently in the airsheds and visible in some population centres to clear.

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Island Specialty Timbers Smithton officially opened

Wood workers and processors have a new convenient source of raw material with the establishment of a new Forestry Tasmania Island Specialty Timbers (IST) outlet at Smithton.

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Regional award for Forestry Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania has received the Commonwealth Forestry Association Regional Award for Excellence for South East Asia and Pacific region for its successful regeneration of eucalypts in native forest.

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Concern for children taken to sawmill protest

Forestry Tasmania has again praised staff for handling with restraint and care another pointless protest by Huon Environment Centre activists - this time at the Southwood site.

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Peace Talks will continue

Forestry Tasmania has praised staff and contractors for their restrained response to activists targeting a shipment of export logs in Hobart.

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Call for calm

Forestry Tasmania has confirmed that a group of 20 activists have stopped a contractor from working this morning in the southern forests.

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Half Year Financial Results

Forestry Tasmania has released half yearly results showing a $7million operating profit before the Community Service Obligation (CSO) costs associated with managing forest reserves (non commercial zones).

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Export shipment to China and Korea

Forestry Tasmania is currently loading a 24,000 tonne shipment of hardwood and pine logs to China and Korea.

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We are making changes to our regeneration burning program

Forestry Tasmania has announced a series of changes to reduce smoke nuisance from regeneration burns and to improve its level of communication with the community.

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FT dealing with two separate incidents

Forestry Tasmania is dealing with two separate incidents in the southern forests this morning.

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Come join Forestry Tasmania in celebrating the International Year of Forests

Forestry Tasmania will kick off 12 months of celebrations to mark the United Nations’ International Year of Forests 2011 next Tuesday, 25 January, with a family open day in its ‘forest in the city’, the Melville Street Dome.

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Forestry Tasmania to cut 50 jobs

FORESTRY TASMANIA intends to reduce its workforce by 50 by the end of the financial year as it restructures to deal with lower sales volumes, the anticipated loss of resource to flow from the peace talks and the cost of meeting unfunded community service obligations.

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Fuel reduction burns planned for West Coast today - 11 November 2010

Forestry Tasmania is planning to conduct a strategic fuel reduction burn on the state’s West Coast today.

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Fuel reduction burn planned near Beaconsfield today - 4 November 2010

Forestry Tasmania is planning to conduct a fuel reduction burn over 48ha at Salisbury Hill near Beaconsfield today.

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Documents released under Right to Information uploaded to website

In keeping with Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to release to the media all copies of responses to Right to Information requests, FT has posted on its website documents included in response to a request by Mr Kim Booth MP.

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North Scottsdale harvesting “long planned” - 29 October 2010

Forestry Tasmania says far from being hastily thrown together, plans for harvesting the SF108A coupe at North Scottsdale started more than four years ago.

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Forestry Tasmania staff go bush to help develop fire fighting skills - 28 October 2010

50 Forestry Tasmania employees travelled to Oldina Forest Reserve today to brush up on their fire fighting skills in time for summer.

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Documents released under Right to Information uploaded to website - 20 October 2010

In keeping with Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to release to the media all copies of responses to Right to Information requests, FT has posted on its website documents included in response to a request by Clive Stott.

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Fuel reduction burns planned for today - 20 October 2010

Forestry Tasmania is planning to conduct four strategically located fuel reduction burns in the state’s North West today, in cooperation with the Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Documents released under Right to Information uploaded to website - 19 October 2010

In keeping with Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to release to the media all copies of responses to Right to Information requests, FT has posted on its website documents included in response to a request by Senator Christine Milne.

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FT working to increase fuel reduction burns - 14 October 2010

Forestry Tasmania recognises the importance of undertaking fuel reduction burns to protect against the threat of bushfire and is committed to making every attempt to increase the number of fuel reduction burns carried out in the state.

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Tree climbers descend on Tarkine Forest Adventures

An impressive sight will be on show at Tarkine Forest Adventures next week as expert tree pruners ascend up to 40metres above ground as tree maintenance is carried out on site.

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Fuel reduction burn in East today

Forestry Tasmania is planning to undertake a broad scale fuel reduction burn in the state’s East today. (Oct 6)

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Coupes pre-date peace talks

Forestry Tasmania has again re-iterated its support for the ongoing peace talks, but says it's unrealistic to expect the forest industry to stop work until a resolution has been achieved.

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Plantation Claim dismissed

Forestry Tasmania has again confirmed that it has no plans for conversion of native forest to plantation.

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No conversion of native forests to plantations - 29 September 2010

Forestry Tasmania today reiterated that it has ceased broadscale conversion of native forest to plantation.

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State forests maintaining habitat for Tasmanian Devil - 7 September, 2010

Sustainable forestry practices employed by Forestry Tasmania are ensuring state forest habitat is maintained for Tasmanian Devils and other native wildlife at the same levels now and in the future.

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Forestry Tasmania – $8 million operating loss for the year - 7 September, 2010

Forestry Tasmania today confirmed an operating loss of $8m for FY 10 – within the $7m to $10m range previously forecast by FT.

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More transparency in financial reporting - 2 September, 2010

A new independent valuation of State forest assets will improve the transparency of Forestry Tasmania’s true financial performance.

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FT puts the record straight on export log questions - August 24, 2010

Forestry Tasmania has confirmed that a shipment to China left Burnie with almost 4,000 cubic metres more wood on board than planned.

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Harvesting levels returning to normal

Forestry Tasmania has predicted payments to contractors will continue to rise as the industry emerges from the global downturn.

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Increased fees to help provide essential infrastructure for Tasmanian beekeeping industry

Forestry Tasmania is increasing fees for beekeepers using state forest.

Forestry Tasmania has been in discussions with the beekeepers for several months and has decided to increase the amount it recovers from the beekeeper industry.

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Biomass - less smoke, more energy and cleaner air

A Biomass plant using sawmill residues and waste wood that would otherwise be burnt on the forest floor has the potential to reduce particulate emissions from annual forest burns by up to 70 per cent in the Huon Valley and replace coal fired power with renewable energy.

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Huon Valley Environment Centre’s comments could put lives at risk

The Huon Valley Environment Centre is potentially putting lives at risk by being continually critical of fuel reduction burns.

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Forest contractors rewarded for improved safety

Contractors for Forestry Tasmania have dramatically improved their safety records, slashing the rate of lost time injuries in the workplace by more than half over the past 12 months.

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Forestry Tasmania maintains export focus

Forestry Tasmania will maintain its focus on providing work for forests contractors by identifying new domestic and international markets for wood products.

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Forestry Tasmania welcomes Myrtle Rust measures

Forestry Tasmania has welcomed the Tasmanian Government's decision to put in place tough quarantine restrictions to prevent myrtle rust entering the State.

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Increased demand for seedlings

ALL seedlings grown by Forestry Tasmania for this year’s National Tree Day have been snapped up in the Derwent and Mersey districts and only limited numbers are still available in Bass and the Huon.

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Shipments provide extra work for contractors

The Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association has welcomed an undertaking by Forestry Tasmania to review contract rates for export shipments of whole logs.

 

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Contractors show restraint

Forestry Tasmania has praised forest contractors for turning the other cheek to a group of activists that turned up on their worksite unannounced this morning.

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Pine logs for export

Forestry Tasmania has again re-iterated that all pine logs for export to China are unsuitable for use by local processors.

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Towards a solution

Forestry Tasmania will intensify its search for alternatives to fumigation at Burnie port following a constructive two and a half hour meeting with the city council last night.

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Forestry Tasmania sets the record straight on log exports

Forestry Tasmania has moved to set the record straight on the export of pulpwood grade logs from Burnie.

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Documents released under Freedom of Information uploaded to website

In keeping with Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to release to the media all copies of responses to Freedom of Information requests, FT has posted on its website documents included in response to a request by Senator Christine Milne.

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Response to Freedom of Information request posted on website

In keeping with Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to release to the media all copies of responses to Freedom of Information requests, FT has posted on its web site a document relating to a request made by Mr Maxwell Plummer for information about trees growing in the Ben Lomond catchment area.

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Tarkine Drive

The shelving of the Tarkine Loop Road will not affect forestry operations in the north west, General Manager Corporate Relations and Tourism Ken Jeffreys said today.

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Biomass a source of green energy

Yesterday’s protests against biomass were the product of ignorance about the benefits this source of green energy promises bring to Tasmania, General Manager Corporate Relations and Tourism Ken Jeffreys said today.

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Illegal protests continue

Protesters are blocking a Forestry Road in the Wedge Forests near Lake Gordon Upper Florentine. 

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Re-seeding of state forest to commence soon

Forestry Tasmania will commence its annual program of regeneration burning and re-seeding of harvested areas soon.

General Manager Operations Paul Smith said the commencement of the program is timed to take place after the first Autumn rains, which have now fallen in most parts of the State.

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Public assistance sought on deliberately lit fires

Public information is being sought regarding a series of deliberately lit fires in the north of the state.

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Response to Environment Tasmania report

Managing Director Bob Gordon said today he was disappointed Environment Tasmania had chosen to make media comment about its forestry report ahead of its public release.

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Environment Tasmania report

Forestry Tasmania has noted the release of Environment Tasmania’s report into forestry, Managing Director Bob Gordon said today.

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Advisory – fires on state forest - 04/02/2010

Forestry Tasmania staff are continuing to work on a number of fires around the state today.
 
Teams from Forestry Tasmania and Norske Skog are working to control a new fire which started this morning at Breganti Rd in the Florentine Valley.
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New Forest Industry Plan welcomed

Managing Director Bob Gordon has welcomed today’s launch of the New Forest Industry Plan by the Forests and Forest Industry Council.

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Fires on State forest - 1st Feb

Forestry Tasmania staff are today working on a number of wildfires around the state.

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New special timbers zone to deliver resource security

A 100,000-hectare Special Timbers Zone will deliver resource security and benefit the more than 10,000 Tasmanians who are involved in the special timbers sector, Managing Director Bob Gordon said today.

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Biomass - a clean air solution

Forestry Tasmania has welcomed the Australian parliament's rejection of the Green's attempt to deny Australians the opportunity to share in the benefits of one of the world's great renewable energy sources - Biomass.

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Exports to generate employment and encourage investment in downstream processing

The export of lower quality peeler logs is generating work for Tasmania’s forest contractors and providing a long term opportunity to develop further downstream processing in Tasmania.

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Fuel reduction burns planned for West Coast today - 5 November 2010

Forestry Tasmania is planning to conduct three strategic fuel reduction burns on the state’s West Coast today.

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