Monday, 04 December 2017
Forest Practice Authority Conference

The Forest Practice Authority (FPA) Conference, held in Hobart Tasmania at the end of November this year, marked 30 years since the launch of the first Forest Practices Code and the appointment of the first Forest Practices Officers in 1987.

Forestry has been a major industry in Tasmania since European settlement. It has undergone some major changes over the past 30 years. This conference was an opportunity to reflect on some of the challenges and successes of the last 30 years and identify opportunities for future system changes.

FSC Australia saw this conference as the perfect opportunity to engage with an extensive range of stakeholders operating within both the Tasmanian and Australian forestry system.

The conference consisted of two days of presentations from a range of different experts on a variety of topics including the regulatory operating system in Tasmania; environmental governance and political science; certification; forestry compliance; and indigenous forestry. The third day consisted of a field trip to the Derwent valley. A number of forest coupes were visited that incorporated both public and private forest. This was a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at the diverse native forests and plantations in the Derwent/Florentine Valley and examine the past and current forest practices on public and private lands.

FSC Australia looks forward to working more closely with those operating in the Tasmanian forestry industry.

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