Land Access

The Hub Priority is to maintain and grow farm forestry to enhance and complement agricultural activities.

Plantation forestry currently comprises of 18 percent of Tasmania’s agricultural land availability. Whist this is higher than other states, and with limited opportunities for large-scale expansion, farm forestry has been identified as a major growth lever for Tasmanian Forestry.

Private Forests Tasmania (pft.tas.gov.au) is a government authority with a legislated role to facilitate and expand the sustainable development of Tasmania’s private forest resource in a manner which is consistent with sound forest and land management practices.

Hub Priority Projects

Current Projects

2024 Maximising the value from Tasmania’s current forest resource.

This project will facilitate collaboration with resource owners and managers, analyse existing work, investigate challenges and opportunities and provide policy advice and assessment on future requirements to support increased utilisation of the current forest resource.

Completed Projects

Access to Land and Land Use Policy for Plantation Forest Investment Assessment Report

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Completed September 2020, this report provides a strategic assessment of the factors affecting forest growing and processing sectors in the context of land access and land use policy for Tasmania. Key priorities for the Hub were identified as:

  • Maintaining and expanding the current plantation footprint to the extent that it is
    economically, commercially and socially feasible.
  • Identifying and driving smaller scale expansion opportunities in the context of
    both commercial and additional (environmental services and agricultural
    productivity) benefits.

SUMMARY REPORT: Silvicultural interventions to improve short term solid wood production from Australian Forests

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STAGE 1 REPORT: Building the case for supporting intervention to increase sawlog production from Australia’s forests

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Completed in July 2023, the analysis undertaken for this report has demonstrated that there are opportunities for Government funded incentives to support short to medium actions which can deliver up to 650,000 cubic metres per year of additional sawlog production by the mid-2030s, which otherwise would not be commercially viable.

Proposed recommendations to support the silvicultural intervention programs outlined in this report include:

1. Emissions Reduction Fund rules:
a) Ensure that E. nitens and E.globulus are recognised as eligible long rotation species in Tasmania and Victoria.
b) Ensure that the additionality exclusion for government program funded projects is relaxed for long rotation conversion projects.
c) Ensure that actively managed regrowth native forests are eligible for ERF participation where additional and tangible forest and ecosystem health benefits can be demonstrated.

2. Long rotation plantation forestry fund:
Establish a dedicated long rotation conversion fund of up to $2.5 million annually for ten years, for eligible plantations with agreed criteria addressing species, productivity, scale and proximity to processing facilities and infrastructure.

3. Forest health restoration fund:
Establish a forest health restoration fund of up to $4 million annually for ten years to support active silvicultural management of regrowth native forests on private land where additional and tangible forest and ecosystem health benefits can be demonstrated and the activity would not be viable without financial support. Criteria for participation to be determined through the application of an appropriate natural capital accounting method and monitoring.

This paper is supported by a detailed case study for Tasmania detailed below.

CASE STUDY: Silvicultural interventions to improve sawlog production from Tasmanian forests

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This Tasmanian case study has been prepared as a supplementary report for the project Building the case for intervention to support increased sawlog production from Australia’s forests. It supports the three recommendations above along with detailing a fourth recommendation of:

4. Specialty timbers silviculture fund:
Establish a specialty timbers silviculture fund of up to $600,000 over ten years, to support fast-tracking requisite silvicultural interventions for blackwood forests and to trial commercial thinning.