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Tasforests volume 19 published

DATE 17/02/2012

Volume 19 of the high quality journal Tasforests has recently been published by Forestry Tasmania. Tasforests reports research and technical articles focussed on Tasmania’s forests and forest management and has been produced since 1989.

The new volume contains nine papers on a diverse range of topics including fire management and planned burning, the history of plantation development in Tasmania, risk management in eucalypt plantations and management of forest-dependent rare and threatened plants. These papers demonstrate the diversity of science and research being carried out in Tasmania’s forests along with the practical and operational considerations that lead to successful outcomes.

Three papers relate to the use of fire and fuel reduction burning. These provide a review of current practice and detail the factors that influence the success of fuel reduction burning.

The papers also review the assessment and management of risk through the use of the Burn Risk Assessment Tool (BRAT) and provide revised guidelines for conducting planned burning.

The history of pine and eucalypt plantation development in Tasmania is described in “The early history of plantation forestry on State-owned land in Tasmania”, while a thorough analysis of where the two main plantation eucalypt species might best be grown for optimum results is explored in “A climate analysis of the current and potential future of Eucalyptus nitens and Eucalyptus globulus plantation estate on Tasmanian State forest”.

How a threatened orchid that likes disturbance can best be managed in a wood production landscape is described in “Distribution, habitat characteristics and conservation management of Prasophyllum stellatum (Ben Lomond leek-orchid), a forest dependant threatened species”.

Tasforests is not intended to be solely a forum for scientific papers. It is a means of communicating descriptive or technical information on a wide range of subjects relevant to Tasmania's forests. The new and previous volumes of Tasforests is available online in PDF format under Publications - Tasforests.

Hard copies of most volumes are also available which we will post to you on request (there are limited numbers of Volumes 1 - 9 and volume 8 is out of print).