Forestry Tasmania has released a three-year plan for wood production in the state’s 800,000ha permanent timber production zone. Source: The Daily Telegraph
It reflects yields in the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement, despite the Liberal Government vowing to tear it up.
Under the plan 137,000 cubic metres of sawlog will be produced and 199,800 of peeler billets, mostly for Malaysian-owned Ta Ann Tasmania.
About 1.5 million tonnes of woodchip, a byproduct of the sawlog harvest, is planned to be exported from Bell Bay and Burnie in 2014-15.
Special timber users will receive 11,300 cubic metres of blackwood, sassafras, celery top pine and myrtle.
The plan also details Forestry Tasmania’s associated road building plans.
Softwood sawlogs (9900 cubic metres) and pulpwood will be almost entirely sourced from the Derwent forestry district with a small amount of pulpwood from the Bass district.
Forestry Tasmania chief executive Steve Whiteley said the three-year plan was a key part of Forestry Tasmania’s commitment to responsible and professional management of public production forests.