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TAS Country : June 28th 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 29, 2012 Opinion Pros and cons of forest harvesting JOHN Hayward's letter, Burning questions in the mystery of farm forestry (Tasmanian Country, June 22) queries figures which I found published in recent proceedings of both natio- nal forestry and biodiver- sity conferences. The case study shows private native forest har- vesting returns $3670 per hectare once during the landholder's lifetime, not $1500 per hectare per year as claimed. When harvesting, trans- port and processing are included. This translates to $24,400 per hectare or $5 million for the 205ha forest. This creates import- ant economic benefits through employment and value adding. If the forest had been set aside as a reserve under the Government's Private Forest Reserve Program, the landowner would have received a one-off $61,500 payment, hardly compar- able with the $752,350 that the landowner could re- ceive about every 80 years from sustainable forest harvesting. If there was a market for environmental services, this forest could return about $8200 every year in perpetuity. Sustainable harvesting of private native forests provides diversified in- come for farmers to fund other developments and provide income during agricultural downturns. We should be grateful to farmers who contribute to the economy in diverse ways, including forest har- vesting, while at the same time maintaining the con- servation values the com- munity has come to expect. Arthur Lyons Trevallyn Tree farmers left in no-man's-land ONCE again we see envi- ronmentalists trying to pull the gum leaves over our eyes. The $1500 return per hectare per year for forest products is not an unreali- stic figure. The average yield of merchantable forest would be around 150 tonnes per hectare. If after selective logging, 75 tonnes per ha are logged, just the royalty for pulpwood and sawlogs from this would approach $1000. If the farmer mills and markets himself, the fig- ures that Jan Davis pro- vided (Tasmanian Country, June 15) would be conservative. We have already seen what the Greens are cap- able of, sabotage of over- seas markets, rich greenies buying woodchip mills and private forests and using Tasmania as an environ- mental playground. Farmers with plan- tations and native forests are in no-man's-land at the moment with no facilities to process their pulpwood. All the while the Greens are getting their way with public forests, the farmers are suffering with private forests. There may have been a mini collapse in wood sales after the GFC, but it is business as usual again at the moment when you look at wood sales on the main- land, including native for- est woodchip sales. Faced with the wizardry of locking up more forests, it's not just the trees that will be burnt and wasted; it's our economy as well. Colin Walters Little Swanport Forest policy will add to bush fire risk THERE is an increased risk of busfires in Tas- mania as a direct result of government policy. If the State Government legislates to prevent har- vesting of native forests and causes a reduction in plantation tree harvesting, they should also accept responsibility for the in- creased bushfire risk due to forest growth and de- creased fire fighting re- sources available. The consequential in- crease in insurance pre- miums on our homes should be paid by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments and the costs included in the IGA. Chris Adams Campania Connecting Australia to a better future National Broadband Network Advertisement To learn more about the National Broadband Network, visit australia.gov.au/nbn or call 1800 023 076 The National Broadband Network is already improving access to education around Australia "The NBN has brought a new world of opportunity to our school. For example, we can now conduct interactive classes with experts around the world. A much more reliable, world-class Internet connection thanks to the NBN makes this possible. For the kids here in Smithton, Tasmania, distance is no longer a barrier to accessing the best education." - Patrick Bakes, Principal Facts and benefits: The NBN will deliver access to high-speed, reliable broadband to all of Australia. The NBN rollout is underway, prioritising regional Australia. The NBN will include a range of technologies: optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite services. Connecting to the NBN is simple. Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra
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