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Plantations

Hardwood and softwood plantations are a significant feature in Tasmania's landscape and have been for almost half a century. Plantations are established for a variety of reasons and deliver a range of products and benefits including:

Hardwood and softwood plantations are a significant feature in Tasmania's landscape and have been for almost half a century. Plantations are established for a variety of reasons and deliver a range of products and benefits including:

  • Sawn timber production
  • Wood fibre and other wood based products
  • Sheltervelts for animals and crops
  • The provision of multiple environmental benefits through addressing land degradation, salinity and soil erosion
  • Generation of biomass
  • Storage of carbon

While there are various definitions of plantation used, perhaps the most widely accepted definition is that given in the National Forestry Inventory Australia's State of the Forest Report 2013

Plantation - Intensively managed stands of trees for either native or exotic species created by the regular placement of seedlings or seeds.

The Tasmanian Forest Practices Code 2000 defines plantation as follows:

Plantation - A forest stand established by the planting of seedlings or cuttings of trees selected for their wood producing properties and managed intensively for the purpose of future timber harvesting.

Tasmania's plantation forest estate is 368,132ha and the private plantation estate 257,132ha.

Tasmania's Plantation Forest Estate

Forest Category

Total Area (ha)

% of total plantation area

(368,132ha)

% of total forest cover

(3,440,197ha)

% of total landmass

(6,852,000ha)

Plantations on State Forest

110,000

30.15%

3.23%

1.62%

Private Hardwood Plantations

194310

52.78%

5.65%

2.84%

Private Softwood Plantations

62,822

17.07%

1.83%

0.92%

TOTAL

368,132ha

100%

10.7%

5.37%

Sources: PFT Spatial dataset 2013 and Forestry Tasmania Stewardship Report 2013/2014