Forestry Tasmania Gains Full FSC Forest Management Certification

Forestry Tasmania Gains Full FSC Forest Management Certification

Tasmania Minister for Resources Guy Barnett

More Good News In Forestry As FT Achieves FSC Controlled Wood Certification

Victor P Taffa

In another step forward for the State’s resurgent forest industry, Forestry Tasmania (FT) has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood certification for its plantation operations, Minister for Resources Guy Barnett said.

“This is a welcome development as the Government Business Enterprise continues to work towards gaining Full FSC Forest Management certification.” Mr. Barnett said.

“Achieving FSC Controlled Wood certification clearly demonstrates FT’s commitment to obtaining the more rigorous FSC Forest Management standard, and gives us renewed confidence that we are heading in the right direction.”

“We are also committed to a sustainable future for FT, ending the public subsidies and re-establishing the business as Sustainable Timber Tasmania.” Mr. Barnett said.

Forestry Tasmania already holds independent certification under the world’s largest forestry certification scheme, the Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification, through the Australian Forestry Standard. It also holds certification under the International Standards Organisation’s Environmental Management System.

“Gaining FSC certification is not easy, and nor should it be but FT and the Government believes the effort will prove to have been worthwhile.”

In addition to meeting increasing market demands for this certification, FT is determined to use this opportunity to genuinely improve its operations.

“Our efforts are aligned with those in the industry who have similarly been working hard to seize new opportunities for growth and job creation.” Mr. Barnett said.

“Only last week I visited with the State’s largest native forest sawmiller, Neville Smith Forest Products, which is investing $3 Million through its subsidiary SmartFibre in a ground-breaking, value-adding partnership with SFM to deliver Tasmania’s first native forest exports carrying full FSC certification.”

“Under the Liberal Government, forestry is growing in confidence, and we are seeing new investment creating new jobs, our number one priority.” Mr. Barnett said.