Forestry Tasmania

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This article is about the government business enterprise operated by the Tasmanian Government. For the statutory-owned corporation, see Private Forests Tasmania.

Forestry Tasmania is a forest management corporation established by an Act of Parliament and wholly owned by the Government of Tasmania, Australia.

Forestry Tasmania
Government-owned corporation
Industry Forestry
Founded 1994
Founder Government of Tasmania
Headquarters Hobart, Australia
Area served
Key people

Steve Whiteley (Chief Executive Officer)

Rob de Fégely (Chairman)
Production output
Increase 1,465,714[1] (measurement of m3 and tonnes of wood) (2016)
Revenue Decrease A$136.3 million[1] (2016)
Decrease $A-67.4 million[1] (2016)
Total assets Decrease $A246 million[1] (2016)
Total equity Decrease $A25 million[1] (2016)
Number of employees
183[1] (2016)

Under the State of Tasmania's Forestry Act 1920, Forestry Tasmania is mandated to manage 1.5 million hectares of state forest as multiple use forest. Sustainable yield logging is currently permitted in approximately one-half of this area. The remainder is reserved and managed for other values such as conservation and recreation.

Forestry Tasmania is certified under the Australian Forestry Standard, which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Forestry Tasmania's operations are overseen by a Board of Management, which is responsible to the Tasmanian Minister for Forests and Treasurer.


The passing of the State Forests Act 1885 marked the beginning of regular reporting of forest management activities in Tasmania, conducted by Lands and Surveys Department until the formation of the Forestry Department in 1921. Research activities in the 1920s were mainly directed at assessing and mapping the State’s commercial timber resources. Ground mapping was eventually replaced in the 1930s and 1940s by vastly more efficient aerial mapping. As forestry resource modelling become increasingly sophisticated, the Forestry Department was replaced by the Forestry Commission in 1947 and the research effort in all subject areas accelerated. The advent of the woodchip export industry in the 1970s gave rise to broad scale pulpwood harvesting. With a strengthened commercial focus, Forestry Tasmania was created in 1994, becoming a corporation under the Government Business Enterprises Act 1995.[2]

Sustainable Timber Tasmania[edit]

Following the release of the 2015/16 annual report, the state government announced plans of the rebranding and restructuring of Forestry Tasmania. Changes include a downsizing and rebranding of the company to Sustainable Timber Tasmania, charging more for harvested timer, logging areas earmarked for reserves and for the government to pay more for forestry roads which have multiple uses.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Forestry Tasmania's Annual Report 2015/16" (PDF). Forestry Tasmania. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Elliot, Humphrey; Felton, Ken; Jarman, Jean; Stone, Martin (2008). A History of Innovation (PDF). Forestry Tasmania. p. 2-3. ISBN 978-0-646-49207-0. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Richards, Blair (26 October 2016). "New name, look for Forestry Tasmania as restructure aims for sustainability". News Corp. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Burgess, Georgie (26 October 2016). "Forestry Tasmania downsized, renamed Sustainable Timber Tasmania". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 

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