Environment Tasmania today welcomed the appointment of an auditor for Forestry Tasmania’s application for FSC certification.

“FSC certification is an important component of the Tasmanian Forests Agreement, and we are pleased to see that Forestry Tasmania continues to support the intent of the forests agreement by confining the application for FSC certification to the agreed production forest areas whilst excluding the agreed reserves,”

“Critical to our support for FSC certification are the Tasmanian Forest Agreement’s provision for an additional 500,000 hectares of Tasmania’s outstanding native forests to be protected as dedicated and secure reserves, and recognition that the production forests manager, Forestry Tasmania, needs sufficient flexibility in scheduling, to demonstrate sustainability, and appropriately manage conservation values within the production estate,”

“It’s also important to recognise that FSC certification is a tough, independent certification standard, and it will be no easy task for Forestry Tasmania to meet the requirements of FSC certification. The appointment of the auditor is an important first step along the way,” he concluded.
Dr Phill Pullinger, Environment Tasmania