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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
36 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 27, 2012 Private forests have role to play GROWTH: Private land sustainable timber production. 'There are about one million hectares of forest on private land DESPITE the current downturn in the forestry sector, there are opportunities to market wood from private land. To help forest owners make the most of these opportunities Private Forests Tasmania, together with SFM Forest Prod- ucts, TAS Land and Forest, and AKS Forest Solutions will be at AGFEST to discuss market op- portunities. If you are a private forest owner and you wish to discuss market opportunities, or any other matter concerning private forestry, please visit Private Forests Tasmania at Agfest, Site 928, Ninth Ave. There are about one million hectares of forest on private land in Tasmania. Of this, about 470,000 hectares are private timber reserves that are managed specifically for sustainable timber production. Most privately owned forests are either predominantly nat- urally occurring eucalypt for- ests, or to a lesser extent euca- lypt and pine plantation. Private native forests and plantations provide a range of products to large and small timber processors across the state. These products include ven- eer logs, peeler logs, saw logs, posts and poles, residue for pulp and paper, farm construction timbers and firewood. In 2010-11 private forests and plantations provided more than 34 per cent (or about 1.6 million tonnes) of the wood harvested in Tasmania. This is a significant and important contribution to the forestry industry. Many private forest owners sustainably manage their for- ests to provide income when other agricultural sectors are down, or cash is needed for new developments such as irrigation. Often landowners integrate plantations into farms to pro- vide shelter for livestock, land- scape values, biodiversity, and future income from wood sales. Smaller scale plantings can be managed to grow quality wood products. For harvesting to be econ- omic, an efficient market for residues is essential, and export woodchip operations have pro- vided such markets for over the last 30 years. Unfortunately, many Aust- ralian exporters have faced dif- ficultly since the global financi- al crisis began in late 2008. In particular, woodchip markets have been severely affected due to a strong Australian dollar, an earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the withdrawal of Gunns Ltd from native forest harvesting, and the unforeseen closure of the Triabunna woodchip mill. However, it is not all gloom and doom. Two northern export woodchip operations provide a market for pulpwood from pri- vate native forest, and Ta Ann's mills in the north and south of the state convert better quality pulp logs to peeled veneer. In Tasmania, interest in us- ing lower quality wood, called woody biomass, to produce en- ergy, biofuels and bio-chem- icals, is in its infancy while global use of wood for such purposes is increasing. This may be a new future market opportunity for private forests. Site 928, on Ninth Ave 2012 2060837-120427 We invite building contractors, kit home suppliers, renovators and the public to visit us on Site 931 at Agfest. Masada Building Boards have been made in Tasmania since 1982 & are supplied direct to builders. Masada Building Boards presented by Addashack Renovations New Homes Kit Homes Transportable
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