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The Forest Practices Authority


Clearing (under the Forest Practices Act 1985)


The removal or destruction (by cutting, pushing down, burning or any other means) of native trees, and any seedlings, shrubs or woody plants that have the potential to grow to a height of five metres or more. The controls include forest species planted for wood production but do not include other introduced species such as those planted for agricultural or amenity purposes (e.g. willows)

Conservation covenant


A binding covenant on existing and subsequent owners that travels with the title, where the Minister considers it ?necessary or desirable to do so for conservation purposes

Co-regulation in the forest practices system


Combination of forest industry self-management and Government regulation

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)


The Tasmanian government department charged with managing the State's natural resources

Development Application (local government)


Application for a development to be considered for approval under the local Council planning scheme



Distribution has contracted to less than 10% of original range, or less than 10% of original area remaining, or 90% of area is in small patches and is subject to threatening processes



Forest is an area containing trees (Forest Practices Act 1985)

Forest operations


Planting trees, managing trees before they are harvested, harvesting forest products and any related land clearing, land preparation, burning-off, access construction or transport operation.

Forest Practices Authority (FPA)


The independent statutory body responsible for the development and management of the Forest Practices System

Forest Practices Code (FPC)


The Forest Practices Code provides a set of guidelines and standards to ensure reasonable protection of the natural and cultural values of the forest during forest practices.

Forest Practices Officer (FPO)


FPOs are employed either by forest owners or the forest industry to prepare and supervise FPPs. They are trained, authorised, directed and monitored by the FPA. Selected FPOs are authorised to certify FPPs.

Forest Practices Plan (FPP)


FPPs contain prescriptions and a map detailing how the planned operations will be conducted. FPPs must be consistent with the Forest Practices Code and be certified by a FPO before work starts.

Forest Practices Tribunal (FPT)


An independent body established under s.34 of the Forest Practices Act 1985 that conducts hearings and make determinations with respect to appeals that are lodged by aggrieved parties. 

Forest practices


Harvesting and regenerating native forest, harvesting and establishing plantations, clearing forests for other purposes, constructing roads and quarries for the above purposes, harvesting tree ferns, (Forest Practices Act 1985).

Forestry Tasmania (FT)


The Government Business Enterprise charged with managing State forest

Native forest


Any naturally occurring forest community containing the full complement of native species and habitats normally associated with that community, or having the potential to develop these characteristics

Natural Resource Management (NRM)


The framework set up to provide a systematic way of integrating natural resource management in Tasmania through three management regions

Permanent Forest Estate (PFE)


Permanent Timber Poduction Zone  


Set up through the Regional Forest Agreement 1997, the policy aims to maintain an extensive and permanent native forest estate on both private and public land in Tasmania

The Forest Management Act 2013 changed the classification 'State forest' to be Permanent Timber Production Zone Land (PTPZL)

Planning scheme (local government )


A set of maps covering the planning scheme area that show the zoning of land and an ordinance that defines the criteria by which development applications will be assessed.



Established by planting in the process of afforestation or reforestation

Private Forest Reserves Program (PFRP)


A voluntary scheme to help protect Tasmania's native forests on private land

Private forest


Forest on land owned by a private landholder or company

Private Forests Tasmania (PFT)


Private Forests Tasmania is a Tasmanian government authority established under the Private Forests Act 1994 to promote the development of private forestry in Tasmania

Private Timber Reserve (PTR)


An area of private land that must be used only for forestry. Forest practices in PTRs do not require approval from the local Council but do need a certified FPP. PTRs give landowners long-term security that they will be able to harvest their timber in the future.

Property in the forest practices system


A single property is any land recorded as one valuation on the valuation roll under section 23(1) of the Land Valuation Act 1971.



Total range generally less than 10 000 ha, or total area generally less than 1000 ha, or patch size generally less than 100 ha.

Regional Forest Agreement (RFA)


An agreement between the Tasmanian and Australian governments in 1997 which established around 40% of State forest as reserves and set up a complementary management system for forests outside reserves

Resource Planning and Development commission (RPDC)


Oversees the State's planning system, and state of the environment reporting, assesses public land use issues and projects of State significance, and reviews water management plans

Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal (RMPAT)


An independent statutory body set up under the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal Act 1993

Self-management in the forest practices system


The forest industry?s self-management is delivered by the FPOs who are employed within the industry to plan, supervise and monitor forest practices

State forest


Forest on State land which has been designated multiple-use forest by Parliament

Table of Use (local government)


A provision found under each zone that sets out the policy for permitted and discretionary use in that zone.



(a) any woody plants with a height or potential height of 5 metres or more, whether or not living, dead, standing or fallen, that are ?(i) native to Tasmania; or (ii) introduced into Tasmania and used for the processing or harvesting of timber; and (b) tree ferns

Three Year Plan in the forest practices system


Companies harvesting more than 100,000 tonnes per annum must lodge a Three Year Plan detailing proposed operations with the Forest Practices Authority and consult with local government .

Vulnerable land in the forest practices system:


Land which is within a streamside reserve, is steep, is very erodible, contains threatened species, contains karst (limestone or dolomite) soils, contains areas of reserved forest or contains rare, vulnerable or endangered forest communities.



Approaching greater than 70% loss (depletion), or forest communities where threatening processes have caused loss or significant decline in species that play a major role within the ecosystem or significant alteration to ecosystem processes.

Zone (local government)


An area or district shown on the plans where particular land use policies and standards apply.

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