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Posted February 16, 2018 15:36:49 The forestry industry has a long and troubled history in Tasmania.
The timber industry has been in decline for decades and now, it is set to continue its downward spiral.
The state government says it wants to increase the amount of land it holds under forest leases, but this is still a far cry from protecting the trees that make Tasmania unique.
The forest industry employs about 50,000 people in Tasmania, and the Department of Forestry and Marine Tasmania estimates there are more than 8 million trees.
Tasmania has an estimated 4 million acres of forest in reserve, but in the past two years, that has dwindled to just over 3 million.
“The industry is facing a crisis,” said Forest Industry Minister Greg Baille.
“We have a very large timber industry and the industry needs more management, more support.”
There are areas where we’ve got very little control.
If we didn’t have these leases, we would have to find ways to deal with them.
“They’re very expensive to operate, and there’s no way we can make that happen.”
What we’ve really got to do is take the issue up in the legislature, the state and to make sure we keep the forestry industry on its toes.
“Tasmanian Government’s plan to increase forest leaseholdThe Tasmanian Government has unveiled plans to increase leaseholds for timber in the state.
Under its Forestry and Forestry Industry (Forests) Amendment Bill 2018, which passed the Legislative Assembly on February 15, 2020, the Government will allocate an additional $20 million per year to improve forestry management.
This will help to manage areas that were deemed to be in “high risk” conditions in the 2015 Tasmanian Forests Strategy.
Tasmenian Foresters Minister Greg Barnes said this would help to keep Tasmania’s forest areas in better condition.”
Tasmans forest is the most productive, and we are now in the position where we can manage our forests,” Mr Barnes said.”
It’s important we do manage those forests and we’re taking steps to do that.
“I think it’s a great step to ensure that we can get on with the rest of our lives.”
Mr Barnes said the Government would “make a great start” by increasing the number of trees under leasehold.
“A lot of the forests we’ve looked at in recent years have actually been in the worst condition for a long time,” he said.
“We’re looking at a forest in particular that has been a very, very poor candidate for leasehold for a number of years.”
But it’s something that the government is very keen to see happening and I’m sure the Forestry Industry will continue to work with the government to make that work.
“The Forestry Industry Minister said he would work with stakeholders to ensure the industry had the best of both worlds.”
If we’re able to manage forests for the future and manage forests that are in high risk, we’ll be in a much better position to manage those that are low risk,” he added.TASMANIA’S TRAIL TO DEATHBy the time you finish reading this article, you will have been exposed to Tasmania’s brutal forests.
But that doesn’t mean you should forget what the forest can do to you.
If you have ever wondered why there are so many dead trees, it’s because Tasmania has one of the highest rates of mortality in the country.
The forests of Tasmania are so productive that they’re producing almost all of the world’s carbon emissions.
In the past few decades, the industry has suffered significant losses as a result of climate change.
Most recently, a large fire burned through the state’s eastern coast in the early 1970s, killing over 1,500 people.
Many people who survived the fire are now questioning how their ancestors, and Tasmania’s wildlife, could survive that kind of catastrophe.
A lot has been made of the need for Tasmania to conserve its forests, but it is only through the forestry sector’s stewardship that Tasmania can regain the health and strength it has lost in recent decades.
Tassie Forestry Council president Mike Lacey said it was vital that people understood Tasmania’s history and its heritage.
He said that while the forest industry was once part of Tasmania’s economy, it was now the industry’s primary focus.
‘Tasunas Forest Is Our Country’The Tasman Forest Council is a registered charity with the Commonwealth and the Tasmania Revenue Commissioners, which provides financial support to the forestry industries.
Its members are the main stakeholders in Tasmania’s forests and manage them under the guidance of the Forest Council.”
As Tasmania’s largest employer, we are also responsible for the conservation and management of our forests, and in particular, Tasmania’s timber industry,” said Mr Lacey.
Mr Lacey noted that while Tasmania’s forestry industry had faced a number “economic downturns”, it had continued to grow.”
While the industry is experiencing some of the