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Caution urged in reading the Three Year Plan

DATE 08/07/2011

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.

 
General Manager Operations Steve Whiteley said uncertainty around what areas will still be available for wood production after the peace talks had made preparation of a full three year harvesting plan impossible.
 
"However, we are obliged every year to publish the list of coupes that will be available for harvesting over the next three years. We are also obliged in this document to demonstrate how we intend to achieve a legislated requirement to make available 300,000 cubic metres of sawlog each year.
 
"To meet this obligation, our Three Year Plan includes coupes for the first year only, and we do not know if the coupes listed will be available or not for harvesting.
 
"We are not in a position to be any more definitive until the Statement of Principles process is over."
 
Mr Whiteley said Forestry Tasmania acknowledges the plan will provide forestry critics with the opportunity to make mischief.
 
"There are coupes that are on the green groups list of high conservation value forests, but it doesn't mean they will or won't be harvested.
 
"However, we are still delivering transparency through Forest Practices Plans, which are available for purchase at district offices or from the FT website."
 
The Three Year Plan can be accessed at http://www.forestrytas.com.au/forest-management/3yp