10 January, 2012

Vision for a new Tasmanian forest sector

Tasmanian Country Hour - ABC Rural Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tuesday, 10 January  2012

The start of 2012 coincides with a new Forestry Tasmania vision for the industry.

Their forestry innovation plan released late last year outlines what they describe as a once in a generation opportunity to re-engineer Tasmania's forest sector.

The plan takes into account the fact that under the intergovernmental agreement there will be less timber available from native forests, at the same time as increasing supplies from plantations.

Forestry Tasmania's managing director Bob Gordon says the market is looking for certified wood products, and in particular, engineered products made hardwood and softwood, and from a mix of native forests and plantations.

Bob Gordon says its about diverting products from the woodchip market, into innovative, engineered wood products.

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