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Science Panel

The review of variable retention and other alternatives to clearfelling has been informed by a scientific panel of internationally recognised experts in forest and conservation science, which provided advice to Forestry Tasmania on progress in practical implementation of silvicultural alternatives against international best practice standards.
L-R J Bauhus, T Spies, I Tomaselli, J Bradshaw, B Beese

The five panellists were (left to right) Professor Jürgen Bauhus (Germany), Professor Tom Spies (USA), Professor Ivan Tomaselli (Brazil), Jack Bradshaw (Australia) and Bill Beese (Canada).

All panel members were supportive of the use of mixed silviculture, particularly variable retention, as the best currently-known way for Forestry Tasmania to reduce clearfelling in oldgrowth forests while fulfilling its other requirements under applicable laws and policies.

Each panellist provided detailed observations and recommendations from their own perspective and from detailed knowledge of their respective fields, which included conservation biology, silviculture, landscape ecology, timber yield modelling and forest economics. Their final reports are attached to this page as pdf files for downloading.