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John Hickey

Alternatives to Clearfelling

“One of the key outcomes of the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement was the commitment by the State and Federal Governments to reduce clearfelling in oldgrowth forests to 20 per cent of the oldgrowth harvest by 2010.

It was also a requirement to maintain sawlog and veneer supplies to the industry, maintaining contracts and keeping employment.

After extensive research trials we have adopted a strategy of mixed harvest and regeneration techniques which seeks to significantly reduce the reliance on clearfelling in oldgrowth coupes.

These techniques include single tree and small group selection applied to nominated mixed forest areas, variable retention and limited clearfell, burn and sow in steeper eucalypt forest. In drier forests, partial or selective systems as currently practised are recommended.”

John Hickey – Forester
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