The new Tasmanian Special Species Management Plan 2017
The first Tasmanian Special Species Management Plan (the plan) was released by the Tasmanian Government on 18 October 2017. This plan was designed to provide a management framework for the long-term and sustainable harvesting of Tasmanian special species timbers.
The plan was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014.
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Public comment on the plan
In accordance with the requirements of the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014 (the Act), the draft Special Species Management Plan (the plan) was made available for public comment (the public comment period was held between 14 July and 9:00 am 28 August 2017).
A total of 4 255 representations were received within the period for public consultation.
During the public comment period two organisations ran campaigns encouraging members of the public to make electronically generated representations, based on a template. A combined total of 4 230 representations were received from the two campaigns during the public comment period. As none of these representations included permission to publish these have not been made accessible via this website. However a copy of the two templates from the separate campaigns is available: template 1, template 2.
A total of 25 representations were received separate from template responses and are publicly available.
All issues raised within the representations have been considered and are summarised within a Summary report (PDF) (MS Word) of public representations. The final Tasmanian Special Species Management Plan was accepted by the Minister for Resources, in accordance with section 12(6) of the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014, with such modifications as appropriate, having had regard to the representations made in relation to the draft.
Harvesting on Future Potential Production Forest Land
The Plan is an important element of the sustainable management of future potential production forest land. The Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014 requires that the Crown Lands Minister may only approve an application for special species harvesting on future potential production forest land where:
(a) the special species timber that is the subject of the application … cannot be supplied, at the time of the making of the application, from the permanent timber production zone land; and
(b) the special species timber harvesting will be consistent with the special species management plan.
Potential applicants seeking to harvest on future potential production forest land should contact the Crown Land Services Manager on 6233 6413.