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Branchline June 15, 2011


School holiday fun

It's on again tomorrow - we are throwing open the doors of Forestry Tasmania's head office in Hobart for a touch of school holiday fun. The response to the first school holiday open day in January this year was so overwhelming that we promised then that we have another during the June holidays. The abseiling in the Indoor Forest was particularly appealing, and so hopefully this time the queues won't be as long. While it is intended to be a fun day, it'll also be educational and informative. Many of our scientists will be on hand to talk about our huge insect collection, to measure your carbon footprint and to explain how forests regenerate. If you don't have school age kids, don't be put off. At least drop in for a Hot Dog, and have a chat to our staff. <Read More>

The people of Triabunna, and for that matter, the wider timber industry, are feeling very relieved today, having heard the news that the Triabunna woodchip mill will re-open under new ownership. Ron and Brendon O'Connor, who are no strangers to the timber industry in Tasmania are buying the mill from Gunns Limited. The mill is the only outlet for export woodchips in the south of the State and is a vital piece of infrastructure. It is still not widely understood that if we are to supply our family owned sawmills and the rotary peeled veneer mills, inevitably there will be an amount of residues produced in the forest and at the mills that need to be sold. In the short to the medium term, the only real option is woodchip exports, but into the future, we need to find ways to downstream process some of this pulpwood in Tasmania. We wish Ron and Brendon, owners of Fibre Plus all the best as they take over the mill at Triabunna.

People, who are having trouble meeting the cost of their heating bills, might be interested in another alternative use for pulpwood residues. Forestry Tasmania recently hosted a visit to the State by American biomass and forestry expert Dave Atkins. Wouldn't it be fantastic if Tasmanian homes were heated by a smokeless alternative to the increasingly popular wood heaters? <Read More>

And finally, our nursery at Perth is busy preparing for next month's National Tree Day. Since we started participating in National Tree Day five years ago, we have handed out more than 45,000 seedlings, and this year is exceptionally busy. <Read More>. I am not sure if we can accommodate more orders this year, but if you are part of an organisation or school community, get in contact and make sure you get in early for next year.

Until next time,

Bob Gordon
Managing Director
Forestry Tasmania



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