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The New Forest Industry

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The New Forest Industry is the generic name and branding for the forest industry stakeholders of the Forests and Forest Industry Council of Tasmania (FFIC).

The New Forest Industry is committed to sustainable forest management, innovation and the value-adding and down-stream processing of our timber resources.

The New Forest Industry recognises that these outcomes are in accord with the mutually agreed undertakings of the Forests and Forest Industry Strategy and the industry continues to work towards a measured commercial transition to the use of regrowth and plantation resource as it reduces its reliance on oldgrowth.

The industry will pursue multiple stakeholder outcomes for industry partners and enlist a coalition of interests in forestry practices by communication of the forestry record on conservation reservation, the RFA, transition to regrowth resource, and the scientific underpinning of regeneration and silvicultural regimes. Forest growers and processors will work with other forest users to ensure that the full suite of products including water, recreation, beekeeping, and other non-timber products are available through multiple use of our forests.

The forest industry is committed to continuous improvement in its forest practices and the skilling of practitioners.

The forest industry through its practices on public and private land endorses:

  • Protection of identified conservation values through reservation.
  • The establishment of a world-scale and competitive forest resource.
  • Increased domestic processing and value adding.
  • Training to enable a skilled workforce to deliver the highest standards of practice.
  • Consultation and interaction with neighbours and Local Government authorities through the Good Neighbour Charter.
  • The highest commercial standards of log segregation and utilisation, with improvement maintained through the processes identified in the Log Supply Charter.
  • The adoption of Quality Assurance Systems for harvesting and log delivery.
  • Reduced reliance on the use of chemicals, particularly 1080.
  • Stewardship of conservation values.
  • Implementation of independently audited international market certification consistant with the Australian Forestry Standard.

We indicate that a measured commercial transition to reduce our reliance on clearfell burn and sow in wet oldgrowth forests will need to comprehend progress on:

  • Safety for forest workers.
  • Adequacy of regeneration.
  • Fuel hazard reduction.
  • Regional social and economic impact.
  • Effect on sustainable yield.
  • Cost of sawlog only operations.
  • Benefits for tourism and the marketable image of forestry.

The New Forest Industry makes an important contribution to the economic and social wellbeing of rural communities and plays a significant role in providing employment across the State.

It will continue to support industries dependent on timber products such as furniture manufacture, woodcraft, and boatbuilding so each may continue to add to the considerable material benefit enjoyed by Tasmanians from the forest industry.

The New Forest Industry is fundamentally committed to research to bring about improved yields, better silviculture, and improved processing to increase the benefits available from growing and processing.

The New Forest Industry supports research in house and through externally funded bodies such as Cooperative Research Centres, Universities, the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation, Centres of Excellence, CSIRO, and in particular through the Warra Long Term Ecological Program.

Through the Forests and Forest Industry Council (FFIC), the New Forest Industry reaffirms its support for the Regional Forest Agreement and the State and Federal legislated balance established between access to forest resources and reservation for conservation.

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